Topics:  council elections 2012

Pisasale scores massive win

Mayor Paul Pisasale wins over yet another supporter in Shae Howarth at the Ipswich Global Fiesta.
Mayor Paul Pisasale wins over yet another supporter in Shae Howarth at the Ipswich Global Fiesta. Claudia Baxter

IPSWICH Mayor has vowed to push ahead with his council's vision for Ipswich after a massive win in Saturday's election.

Cr Pisasale increased his percentage of the vote for mayor from the 2008 election, securing about 87% of public support.

His only challenger Peter Luxton got about 12.4% but said he was happy, given how little money he spent on his campaign.

The Mayor tried to stay humble, sharing his win with his re-elected council and new boy Bruce Casos, a former council trouble-shooter.

"It's great for Ipswich because we can keep the momentum going. There's no need to re-train people," he said. "We're on the right track and we'll keep going.

"It's not about Paul Pisasale, it shows people are happy with the direction the city is going and they want us to keep working hard on what we want to achieve.

"To have my whole team returned plus Bruce Casos is great because I will have had basically the same team for three terms now."

He said Ipswich bucked the trend, with 42 new mayors in Queensland, most of them new to local government, and many councillors replaced.

He had calls on Saturday night and yesterday from mayors and Premier Campbell Newman keen to work together after his big win.

"I wasn't expecting anything," the Mayor said.

"All I did over the past four years was to continue to work hard and the city's unemployment rate is the lowest it's ever been, our crime rate's the lowest it's ever been, jobs are being created and the city's got a good feel about it.

"The CBD is being developed, so we're doing everything right. We've got to create a city that secures a future for our kids, a city that's sustainable.

"When you look around the whole state, Ipswich is the envy of many people.

"People know me, I don't change, I'm Paul. And whether it's the Dalai Lama or Jerry Lewis or Prince William, I treat everyone the same. Another thing I always say is I don't work for Ipswich City Council, I work for the people who elected me, the people of Ipswich."

He fired a parting shot at Mr Luxton who, he said, should realise running for mayor was not about personal attacks and "coming up with antiquated policies".

"He can't say he's going to redevelop the CBD when there's cranes everywhere in the CBD and we've had two years of redevelopment," he said.

"But whether Peter Luxton was there or not, I would have put in the same effort in my campaign.

"You can't take people for granted and you've got to let people know what you stand for. We've got a lot of work to do."

Mr Luxton said his vote reflected the amount of money he spent on his campaign.

He said more people should run for mayor to broaden the choice.

"When you look at what I spent, I'm pleased with how many people voted for me," Mr Luxton said.

"I congratulate the mayor on his win and I trust he will work for the betterment of Ipswich. I would encourage more people to run but this is the government that the people have elected. I can't complain about the result because it's the only system we've got."



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