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Mayor Steve Jones remains in a critical condition

FATEFUL MEETING: Steve Jones collapsed just 30 minutes after this photo was taken of him with Paul Pisasale of Ipswich and Graeme Lehmann from Somerset.
FATEFUL MEETING: Steve Jones collapsed just 30 minutes after this photo was taken of him with Paul Pisasale of Ipswich and Graeme Lehmann from Somerset. David Nielsen

UPDATE 8AM: Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones remains in intensive care in PA Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

The Queensland Times understands the popular civic leader had suffered a massive stroke.

He underwent a series of tests overnight.

Well wishes have poured in for Cr Jones from across the country as he faces one of the biggest battles of his life.

Sydney radio host Alan Jones told listeners this morning Cr Jones was one of the most inspirational people he had met and wished him a speedy recovery.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council will be releasing a statement later this morning.

 

EARLIER: The thoughts of the people of the Lockyer Valley and the wider community are with Mayor Steve Jones who last night was in Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

As the QT went to press we were told Cr Jones was fighting for his life with his family by his side.

It is understood Cr Jones suffered a massive stroke while he was at a meeting yesterday afternoon in Ipswich.

He was taken to the emergency department of Ipswich Hospital after suffering a turn at 3.30pm in the office of Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Cr Jones was in Ipswich for an interview with the QT, along with Cr Pisasale and Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann, to discuss regional co-operation between the three mayors.

Cr Jones had just been in a photo shoot with his fellow mayors and had signed a memorandum of understanding between the three councils to ensure the survival of rugby league in Laidley, Lowood and Rosewood.

Cr Jones was seated and about to be interviewed when he dropped a business card. Cr Pisasale and Cr Lehmann immediately detected something was amiss with their dear friend and colleague and swung into action.

Cr Pisasale called Triple O while Cr Lehmann placed a cool towel on the forehead of Cr Jones and comforted his fellow mayor.

Cr Jones' wife was also informed of the situation and rushed to hospital to be by her husband's side.

The Lockyer Valley mayor has been preparing to contest his fourth mayoral election against Glenroy Logan and Peter O'Brien after his elevation to the top job in 2004. He was first elected to council in 1997.

A month ago he spoke to the QT about his motivations for entering public life.

"I have always gone into this with the goal of making the region a better place than when I first started out," he said.

Cr Jones was living up to that ethos when he fell ill, by signing a document that ensures that rugby league players in his region have a pathway to fulfil their dreams.

The council chambers in Ipswich were in a state of shock in the aftermath of Cr Jones being taken to hospital. Cr Pisasale was emotional and shaken as he spoke to the QT about what had just transpired.

"I wish Steve a speedy recovery and my heart goes out to his family," he said.

"Something like this really makes you focus on the important things in life.

"This happened in front of our very eyes and people need to understand what they need to do in a situation like this, because it can happen to anybody.

"I have to say thank you to the quick actions of the ambulance service. I am so proud of the service we have here in our city because they were here when we needed them. I have never had to dial Triple O before. That is the first thing I did.

"Steve was here in a press conference with his two fellow mayors and we are going to give him all the support we can.

"The thoughts of all Ipswich people are with our dear friend." Cr Lehmann reiterated Cr Pisasale's sentiments.

"Our thoughts go out to Steve and we hope and pray that he gets well," he said.

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