Pisasale hails new council
A WEALTH of community, government and business experience will guide Ipswich's latest team of councillors when they are sworn in next month.
The new council will include a core of experienced councillors as well as at least three fresh faces.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said Ipswich residents would be represented by one of the most experienced council teams in the state.
"In our returning councillors we have combined, more than 130 years' experience representing the people of Ipswich," Cr Pisasale said.
"That is a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise, and not only will we continue to draw on that to get great outcomes for our city but also to mentor new councillors."
Cr Pisasale welcomed soon to be councillors Wayne Wendt, Kerry Silver and Kylie Stoneman to the team, all of whom he said had " a passion for Ipswich".
Mr Wendt is a qualified accountant and former state MP and CEO of Ipswich Jets.
Ms Stoneman is passionate about creating local jobs and comes to the role from her position as an electorate officer in a federal MP's office.
Ms Silver is a strong community advocate and has a solid understanding of how council works, having served as retired deputy mayor Victor Attwood's electorate officer.
"It is important to have a diverse range of experience and views in council so that we capture all considerations of the community when making decisions and with this new team we have got that in spades," Cr Pisasale said.
"We will continue our important work to revitalise the Ipswich CBD, see sustainable growth at Ripley Valley, Redbank Plains and the city's eastern suburbs and through our Smart City initiative we will position Ipswich to be a major player in the digital economy."