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Promise to kerb the whole city

Mayor Paul Pisasale.
Mayor Paul Pisasale. Claudia Baxter

A LONG-TERM plan to kerb and channel all Ipswich urban streets is the key promise in Mayor Paul Pisasale's campaign pledges.

The mayor will today release more than 200 promises he intends for him and his councillors to fulfil in their next four years in office.

The total length of kerbing needed amounts to 384km made up of 286km of missing links or gaps in street and 98km of streets with no concrete kerbs.

The total cost for full kerbing and channelling with drainage, he said, was estimated in today's dollars at $433 million.

He said the 20-to-25 year project would be funded by consolidating councillors' divisional allocations, the Streets Ahead program and the council's capital works budget.

"We'll set up five-year contracts and have a crew going around just doing kerb and channelling so it's more efficient," Cr Pisasale said. "It's within the budget parameters but it means we get more bang for our buck. It's about bringing the old parts of the city in line with the new parts."

He said his campaign promises were based around eight points that developed more than 200 actions which had all been costed by the city's chief executive officer and chief financial officer.

"This will ensure these actions are deliverable and achievable within the city's budget and my commitment to keep rates affordable and close to or below inflation," he said.

"Our future is being secured with continued record spending on major infrastructure by the State and Federal governments and the establishment of regional offices.

"Since being elected mayor in 2004 I have worked hard with councillors and staff to deliver improved efficiencies to help keep annual rate rises to an absolute minimum, and at the same time keep our city moving forward.

"I will ensure key infrastructure keeps pace with development and minimises stress on existing communities through the delivery of a priority infrastructure plan.

"I will continue to guide council policy-making on every level from planning decisions to conservation and clean and green practices, heritage management, community programs, health promotion, cultural programs and events management."

He also pledged to work with key professionals to develop an integrated transport plan for the city.

"This plan will ensure our city continues to develop with a sustainable and economically viable environment and assist the State and Federal governments in spending money on key infrastructure projects necessary to manage growth," he said.

"As part of an overall strategy of a city of centres, I will support the growth of key centres including Springfield, Goodna, Redbank Plains, Redbank, Booval, Brassall, Karalee, Yamanto, Ripley, Rosewood and Walloon.

"I will commit to placing a greater focus on making Ipswich a natural home for the property and construction industry. Master-planned communities like Springfield and in the near future, Ripley Valley confirm our vision of live, work and play and will further promote my Destination Ipswich brand."

The mayor took a swipe at his rival Peter Luxton for the promises he has made.

"Refurbishing the railway station is about $100 million. That's the total amount we collect from ratepayers," he said.

"When I run my campaign, I don't focus on my opposition. It's all about what we can achieve in the next four years. But an election campaign isn't about making promises you can't keep."

Topics:  campaign, local government election, paul pisasale, plan, streets



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