Mayor on Monday: Annastacia's ALP never forgot about Ipswich
I'M LOOKING forward to working with Annastacia Palaszczuk if she becomes premier and her newly elected local team of Jennifer Howard and Jim Madden alongside Jo-Ann Miller who stood proud through the last term. Annastacia never forgot about Ipswich in opposition and showed her support for the city by holding the Labor Party campaign launch here. I'm hoping the first cabinet meeting of the new government will also be held in Ipswich. Annastacia's dad Henry would be very feeling very proud today as he was the previous Member for Inala.
Australia Day was a fantastic day around Ipswich. Every year we open our swim centres for free and this year's pool-goers were lucky enough to be visited by Aussie swimming legend and Australia Day ambassador Clinton Stanley. It was a tremendous day out for everyone who came down to beat the heat and celebrate living in the best country on earth.
Last week I helped launch the 2015 Discover Ipswich Guide. Tourism is big business for Ipswich, contributing $136 million every year to our local community. This guide will be distributed throughout visitor information centres in Queensland, northern New South Wales and Brisbane hotels and airports, but it is not just for visitors. Even if you have lived in Ipswich all your life, you still might find an undiscovered treasure or new experience in the guide so head to the Visitor Information Centre to pick up your copy. People who attended the launch also got a sneak peek at the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, Ipswich's home of craft beer. It set to open soon at 88 Limestone St and it is a beauty.
On Saturday, Ipswich Little Athletics staged their annual Twilight Carnival. Everyone had a great time out on the track and field. Sport is such a great way for young people to get some exercise and learn how to set goals and about healthy competition. Presenting the medals to tomorrow's next top athletes was a real highlight for me.
I was honoured last week to welcome the new senior RAAF Officers who have taken up their postings at RAAF Amberley. Our community has a long and proud association with ADF personnel and I look forward to continuing our relationship well into the future.
Last Friday's opening of the new Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge in Robelle Domain was a special event which I was honoured to attend. This footbridge represents those who inspire our community to greatness, no matter their race, religion or political background. It is a wonderful addition to these beautiful parklands. It also further cements the sister city agreement which Ipswich has with Hyderabad in India, promoting cultural, educational and business ties and friendship between our countries.