Paul Tully gets nod as the new Deputy Mayor
IT WAS a no brainer on every level.
After 37 years as an Ipswich councillor, Paul Tully was elected Deputy Mayor of Ipswich on Friday with all councillors unanimously endorsing a motion by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale to that effect.
It was a proud moment for Cr Tully, the state's longest serving councillor and a wise head on the Ipswich civic scene.
Cr Tully sat in his seat in the council chambers on his own for 20 minutes after Friday's first meeting of the new council and took in the significance of the moment.
He was chuffed, and rightly so.
"It is exciting and another chapter in my life," Cr Tully said.
"My wife Liza didn't know about the appointment until today and it is a great opportunity for this part of my career."
Both Cr Tully and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale are larger than life personalities in many regards, but Cr Tully said they would work well as a team.
"Paul is the broad visionary, whereas I am the detail person," Cr Tully said.
"We have certainly got similar personalities, but with Paul having that broad approach and vision for the city there are obviously questions that arise about the detail, funding and a whole range of issues.
"Paul first bounced the idea of buying the Ipswich City Square off me at 5am one morning eight years ago.
"He rang and said he had a good idea. When Paul rings you at 5am and says he has a good idea there are two possibilities - either it is a good idea or a not so good idea.
"My initial interest was how it could be done, and could we fund it.
"But Paul had the idea and vision.
"I think we can work together and respect each other's approach to things and abilities."
Cr Tully will be a busy man in his many and varied role.
"One is to be a genuine support for the mayor and to assist him and represent him as required," he said.
"The other is to be chairman of the finance committee. That is an important role to play on the council.
"I will also be an ex-officio member of each of the committees to have input to every one of the committees of the council that meets monthly, so it is a wide ranging involvement into all aspects of the council."
Cr Pisasale said Cr Tully was the right choice as his new deputy.
"It is important for the deputy mayor to have the strategic vision and experience to work with the mayor because the next four years are the most crucial for the city with the redevelopment of the CBD and key areas," he said.
"That's why it was a no brainer for me that Paul be my deputy.
"Paul, after being the chairman of planning for decades, is going to be crucial for me.
"I need that experience by my side.
"He will have a mentoring role in council and his experience will not only be great for me, but also for the new councillors and existing ones."