Silver’s week to remember
IT WAS the week from heaven for new Ipswich councillor Kerry Silver.
The week started with Cr Silver being declared the official winner of Division 3 and finished with her being sworn in as the first Aboriginal councillor in the 156-year history of Ipswich.
But the joy of joys was when her daughter Imogen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Moana Kanuta-Silver on Tuesday at Ipswich hospital, Cr Silver's first grandchild.
"She's beautiful," Cr Silver beamed when asked about the new arrival.
"She was six pounds 15 (ounces), 44cm long and she is a very healthy little girl."
The birth of her first grandchild has given Cr Silver cause to reflect on what sort of world she wants Moana to inherit.
It has made her more dedicated to ensuring Ipswich is a city where young people can prosper and reach their potential.
"It has made me more determined to make sure Ipswich is an even better place to live," Cr Silver said.
"That is what we are here in the role to do, to make sure our future generations have a great place to live."
As far as weeks go, they don't come any better.
"It would have to be one of the best weeks of my life and a real whirlwind," she said.
"When you first become a parent or have a new baby it is always elating.
"I am not going to have any more babies so the next best thing I can have is a grandchild to cherish and love.
"Grandparents are a guide in your life and I want to be someone that hopefully she comes to and enjoys doing things with.
"I have very fond memories of my grandmother baking and teaching me to do all sorts of things, and I want to pass all of that onto her."
Cr Silver has two daughters - Imogen and Jade - and said she was proud of them both.
She said Imogen would be an "awesome mum".
"She will be very doting and the kind of mum who will guide her children through life and give them the kind of love they need."