Cr Sheila Ireland looks over numbers with Peter Gordon after her victory in Division 9.
Cr Sheila Ireland looks over numbers with Peter Gordon after her victory in Division 9. Rob Williams

Ipswich City Council now decided for the new term

A 16-year record remains intact with no sitting Ipswich councillor defeated since 2000.

Cr Sheila Ireland's win in Division 9 yesterday also means that since Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale ascended to the role in 2004 he has not lost a sitting councillor either.

Cr Pisasale announced to all councillors yesterday by email that he will inform them of their portfolios following a post-election council meeting on Friday, April 8.

"Now that the election is over it is time for us to all knuckle down and work hard to get some good results for the city over the next four years," he told the QT.

"It is great to have all this experience back and we will see where everybody fits in.

"Cr Ireland has a lot of experience I can utilise and it is good to have her back."

Meanwhile Cr Ireland said she would be moving her office to Springfield from Raceview.

"I lived within Division 9 up until the boundary changes on the 19th but my office will be in Division 1 in the Orion shopping centre because there is nowhere in my own division that met the criteria for a councillor's office," she said.

"David Morrison is quite happy and has welcomed me to the office in Division 1 and I am looking forward to a very harmonious relationship."

Cr Ireland took some convincing that she was going to win the election and lost a bet with Cr Tully over the larger than expected result.

Cr Tully had obviously tipped a wider margin than Cr Ireland imagined and the Goodna councillor was munching on his winnings, a Cherry Ripe, down at the count yesterday.

While the polls have not been declared as yet, the council makeup has now been decided.

Cr Sheila Ireland celebrates her victory in Division 9 with Cr Paul Tully. Sheila bet Cr Tully a Cherry Ripe that she wouldn't win. She delivered on her bet.
Cr Sheila Ireland celebrates her victory in Division 9 with Cr Paul Tully. Sheila bet Cr Tully a Cherry Ripe that she wouldn't win. She delivered on her bet. Rob Williams

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