News

New MP moves into office

State LNP Member for Ipswich Ian Berry gets used to the feel of his new electorate office in Booval.
State LNP Member for Ipswich Ian Berry gets used to the feel of his new electorate office in Booval.

IAN Berry's whirlwind election adventure is getting more real as he continues to move into his new electorate office in Booval.

The new Member for Ipswich is shifting into the office vacated by Rachel Nolan following Mr Berry's stunning victory.

Mr Berry famously didn't believe he had won until he checked with Ms Nolan but reality has quickly been sinking in.

"I can't say I ever thought I was going to lose but looking back, I didn't realise how formidable it was," Mr Berry said.

"It's been a whirlwind experience; certainly no complaints on my part because I like to keep busy.

"I think it will really sink in when I hit parliament."

He said yesterday he wanted to make a new start for the electorate of Ipswich.

"I am excited to get the office open and get to work as the Member for Ipswich," Mr Berry said. "The people of Ipswich voted for change and I know that they want a member who will work tirelessly and for our government to deliver election commitments.

"I want to get on with the job of standing up for the people of Ipswich."

Showing the QT around his new digs on the corner of Brisbane St and South Station Rd, Mr Berry was more than happy.

"I have to say I'm quite chuffed with how much space there is," he said.

"There's even a separate boardroom that people can use."

While he has to replace files and the bare walls need new paintings, he said Ms Nolan was very gracious about the handover.

"She gave the premises over to me almost instantly and she showed me around," he said.

"She left behind some books that were given to her by David Hamill. She said they're good for the background in photographs.

"She's been good. I get along with her pretty well. It's hard losing. You can work very hard but still find yourself on the nose."

He said he was conscious of the Labor tradition in Ipswich carried on by Mr Hamill and Ms Nolan.

"This is a Labor town and a lot of people will be expecting me to be here three years," he said.

"I'm going to make it hard. That's my job. It means there is a greater onus on me to get out there and work hard. The best part about this job is that just about everything has a legal undercurrent to it."

The former president of the Queensland Law Society is still practising law but hoped that would change soon.

"Be it the bravest of candidates who would sell his practice before he wins," he said with a laugh.

"I've got a broker who's looking for someone to buy my practice because I don't want to do both."

 

The electorate office will be open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm.

Call 3202 3452 or email ipswich@parliament.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  election, ian berry, ipswich, rachel nolan, state government




Man secretly stalked, filmed children at water park

New Zealand national used videos to satisfy his own sexual urges

Patient stable after shed fire at Eastern Heights

photo Lea Emery / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Emergency crews were called to the site shortly after 2am

Check out this great sporting feat, achieved twice

Golfer Neil Devene has hit two hole-in-ones within a week.

At 74, Neil thrilled at remarkable effort

Latest deals and offers

Cyndi Lauper opens up about mother's dementia

Cyndi Lauper says her mother Catrine has "a little dementia".

What's on this weekend

Join in the fun of the annual Park2Park races at Limestone Park on Sunday, and help the Ipswich Hospital Foundation raise money for youth mental health services.

Park2Park, Park Jam, the Sydney Comedy Festival and much more

Lindsay Lohan 'calls off engagement'

Lohan reportedly called off her engagement to Russian millionaire

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb