Victor says Andrew should be the next deputy mayor
OUTGOING Ipswich Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood has endorsed Cr Andrew Antoniolli as his choice to take over in the position.
Mr Attwood held the position for 12 years and insists the next deputy to Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale should not be one of the newly elected councillors.
Wayne Wendt, Kylie Stoneman and Kerry Silver are three new councillors, with Division 9 still to be decided between Cr Sheila Ireland and challenger Darren Baldwin.
Mr Wendt has told the QT he will put his hand up for the role of deputy mayor, which will be decided in a secret ballot between the 10 councillors and the mayor after the polls are declared.
Mr Attwood has no vote but said Cr Antoniolli would be his choice if he did.
"Andrew has the intelligence and capability to do it," Mr Attwood said.
"He knows how the council works and has worked across all of it over the past 16 years.
"I think he would be a good foil for the mayor."
Cr Paul Tully, Cr Cheryl Bromage and Cr David Morrison are also likely candidates for the role along with Cr Antoniolli.
"And I think that any one of those four could do the job," Mr Attwood said.
"It should be one of the sitting councillors and not one of the newly elected ones.
"As a newly elected councillor you have no idea how the city operates, how it works, how the bureaucracy of the council works and what you need to do to get things done.
"That's not only for your own division but for the city as a whole.
"I'm sure over time that Wayne Wendt would make a good deputy mayor, but I think the new councillors will be on a steep enough learning curve that to have the extra work of being deputy mayor is not something they should put their hand up for."
Mr Attwood said he went to 132 committee meetings last year and said the job of deputy mayor was a "huge increase in workload".
"You are on every board and every committee," he said.
"I was also the council representative on the indigenous language agreement and I ran the employee development board because I was deputy mayor, and was council's representative on the enterprise bargaining consultative committee.
"I also went to the (South East Queensland) council of mayors stuff when Paul was busy, so you also become a defacto director on the other bodies that council is involved with."
"I always thought it was a great honour and privilege to do it."