Meeting of mayors has a sweet start
THERE was love in the air yesterday when mayors from across south-east Queensland flocked to the Metro Hotel Ipswich International.
Logan Mayor Pam Parker celebrated a political Valentine's Day, giving chocolate hearts to mayors from across the south-east including those from Ipswich, Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Scenic Rim.
The giant hearts also doubled as reminders to the other mayors of Logan's motto: "The heart of south-east Queensland".
"It's about sharing the love," Cr Parker said.
"It's Valentine's Day and we'll be spending more time with the other mayors than with our families, so I thought it would be a nice way to celebrate the day."
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the gift was a sweet reminder of the ties between the two cities.
"If anyone sees a boundary between Ipswich and Logan, they're crazy," he said.
"What makes a strong region is people working together."
While the gifts may have started the Council of Mayors meeting on a lighter note, the meeting saw the mayors of 10 of the councils from across south-east Queensland discuss a variety of important regional issues.
Flying foxes and encouraging development investment were among them.
Cr Pisasale said the Council of Mayors meeting was a vital way for the various local governments across the south-east corner to communicate with each other and work together.
"What you've got here is south-east Queensland without borders," he said.
"It's the responsibility we have to make south-east Queensland strong."
The Council of Mayors board meeting is set to continue at the hotel today.