Reborn Pisasale set to run again thanks to public's support
THERE is plenty of work to be done to secure a prosperous future for the city and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale intends to get on with the job.
That is why he has formally announced today his intention to stand again as the Mayor of Ipswich at next year's mayoral and council elections.
Cr Pisasale was sworn in as mayor on April 1, 2004. He joked that he thought it was an April fool's joke at first.
It has been a fun ride since then but he is determined to ensure there are even better times ahead.
The fly in the ointment in the past year was the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into the operation of his mayoral funds.
But now that he has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the CCC, and his political enemies silenced, Cr Pisasale said it was time to get on with completing projects dear to his heart.
"I have really enjoyed my three terms as mayor," he said.
"We have seen so many changes. The city has grown and matured, but there is so much more to be done.
"I always remember that people say how when you don't enjoy your job it is time to go.
"The past 12 months have been horrendous. I didn't think people out there could be so nasty and make false accusations and try and destroy me for their own political gain. But the support of my local paper got me through.... with the belief that I was innocent. You proved to be right.
"In the community, everywhere I went everybody was giving me encouragement and support and without that I wouldn't have been able to get through either.
"The only way I can say thank you is to finish the job I started and my biggest focus is going to be on finishing the CBD and ensuring this city is one our kids can be proud of.
"I always wanted to continue as mayor, but I wanted to wait to see whether I had the energy, passion and enthusiasm to devote to the job. The answer is 'yes'."
Cr Pisasale said he had projects to see through to fruition other than the multi-billion dollar CBD redevelopment, including bringing a performing arts centre to Ipswich, seeing to completion the Ripley Valley development, ensuring the city stayed ahead of the game in terms of information technology and bringing an NRL team to Ipswich.
They are big picture goals you expect a civic leader to have. He also listed his passion for providing jobs for the city's youth and ensuring all were cared for, as things he still had left to do.