Rix energised for Division 4 tilt at local elections
IPSWICH business man and fitness fanatic Paul Rix is certainly energised for his tilt at Division 4 in the local government elections.
The 45-year-old is vitalised and keen to make a difference.
Mr Rix is a true Ipswich local.
He was born and bred in the city, went to school in Ipswich and runs a family owned business called Printrix in Eastern Heights.
The Division 4 hopeful is married to Tiffany and has two children - 16-year-old daughter Tenaya and 17-year-old son Sam.
He admits to loving his food, but you can find him most days training in parks, attending boot camps, lifting heavy weights and sweating his backside off doing cardio.
If he wins election to council, he certainly won't lack the energy for the task at hand.
"I am a very healthy sort of man and very sports orientated," he said.
"I train two hours a day with weights and I do cross-fit. We do it as a family."
If elected, Mr Rix will bring knowledge of what business needs.
"I have always been in the printing industry," he said.
"I started with Gordon Duncan in Bell St in 1984. Most of our clients are business people - small to medium to large."
He said suburbs like Bundamba and Booval were vital to business prosperity in the city but added there were traffic issues that needed addressing.
"Business people at Bundamba are worried about traffic flow after Bunnings has opened," he said.
"I think one solution for the safety of children, and better traffic, is to have an underpass from Bundamba State School to the opposite side and remove one set of traffic lights.
"This way children can safely walk to the train station.
"I'd also like rails put along the footpath at the front of the school so kids don't run across the road as they do now."
Mr Rix said the community wanted a two-way dialogue with all council departments where they could contribute ideas.
"It would be great to have a forum every now and then to bring together representatives...to discuss issues and give growth to Division 4," he said.
Mr Rix said he was interested in solutions to the issues facing a growing city.
He said too many parks in the division had no toilets and some had no drinking facilities.
"I'd really love to change this," he said.
"Sure we have a few parks around the place and some are actually pretty good.
"I would like to make all these parks functional with activities."
If a park has drainage issues, needs exercise equipment, a children's playground or community gardens, Mr Rix has suggested combining the resources of community groups, clubs and council to bring about positive change.
It is a collaborative approach to solving problems by engaging all sectors of the community that interests Mr Rix.
He said he was keen to promote organisations such as the Men's Shed.
"They all do a great job. I'm sure some of these guys would love the opportunity to do much more," he said.