News

Luxton promises station if elected

Peter Luxton
Peter Luxton

PETER Luxton insists he can build a new railway station for Ipswich, vowing to "make it happen" if he is elected as the city's mayor this Saturday.

But Mayor Paul Pisasale has poured scorn on his challenger's plans for a railway station, as well as new public swimming pools, libraries and festival hall.

The mayor said State Government figures show a new rail station alone would cost $100 million.

"Peter Luxton has got to start understanding that being mayor is not just about plucking figures out of the air, and getting desperate as you get closer to the election," he said.

"He's better doing what I do and getting proper professional people to do the business planning and the modelling."

Mr Luxton said he had used the price of projects in other Australian towns and cities as a basis for his costings.

He believes a new station for Ipswich would cost only $27m, based on the amount spent revamping the suburban Indooroopilly train station.

In total, he estimates his election pledges would cost between $46.4 million and $76.7 million, but has no firm plan on how they would be paid for.

"I've never said council are going to do all these things," Mr Luxton said.

"It will come from government and private partnership. The money's there; it's how you sit down and thrash these ideas out.

"It's not going to happen on its own; it needs the mayor to drive it and that's what I'm promising to do. Because this current mayor has been in for eight years and has done nothing."

Referring to a new train station, he added: "As mayor I would set the wheels turning on what would ostensibly be a State Government project. I would make it happen.

"Once I'm in power I'll have a look at things but it would not be my intention to put rates up."

The mayor said he didn't want to return fire on Mr Luxton but described his latest statement as "another publicity stunt".

"He's making a mockery of putting himself forward as mayor," Cr Pisasale said. "Peter Luxton's got to be accountable to the people of Ipswich. The costings are just wrong.

"On one hand he talks about wanting to stop development and then he wants to do all these big ticket items."

Topics:  ipswich city council, paul pisasale, peter luxton, railway station, state government



LETTER: Let’s convert the Old Courthouse

The old courthouse on Bell Street in the CBD.

This venue could be much bigger and better than the Ciivic Centre.

REVEALED: Queensland's fuel theft hotspots

The number of petrol theft cases in Queensland is on the increase

Firm told to apologise, pay back $16K to Korean backpackers

Boonah Packing Pty Ltd supplied labour to one of Australia's leading carrot producers, Scott Moffat & Co, trading as Moffatt Fresh Produce who supply carrots to major supermarket chains like Woolworths and Aldi.

Boonah business caught ripping off foreign workers

Local Partners

Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

Jogging Tom Hanks crashes wedding in Central Park

Tom Hanks stopped for a selfie with this bride and groom

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.