EDITORIAL: Battle for council spots set to heat up
Do you think there will be much changing of the guard after the 2016 Ipswich council elections?
I have been asked that question a lot lately, and with less than three months to go before local government polling day it is worth considering an answer.
At this stage Mayor Paul Pisasale, Cr Paul Tully (Div 2), Cr Andrew Antoniolli (Div 7), Cr Cheryl Bromage (Div 6) and Cr Charlie Pisasale (Div 8) are short priced favourites to be returned.
Cr David Pahlke will have a real fight on his hands with Rosewood's Steve Franklin in Division 10. Mr Franklin won 38% of the vote in 2008 and is a force to be reckoned with.
Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood has the vocal Jim Dodrill and Danny Donohue gunning for him. Expect some fireworks in Division 3 but I am tipping Cr Attwood to get across the line.
We have seven candidates in the vacant Division 5 and although Wayne Wendt has the highest profile he will need to put the work in on the ground to prevail.
I am hearing that Darren Baldwin, a Labor Party right faction member, has already run a superb grass roots campaign in Division 9.
Sitting councillor Sheila Ireland is in for a torrid battle with Mr Baldwin and Jade Connor in that division.
I favour Cr David Morrison to prevail in Division 1, where his opponent thus far is Greens candidate Steven Purcell.
Challenger Kylie Stoneman has been active in Division 4 and has learned from her employer Shayne Neumann about the need for hard work. Cr Bruce Casos is by no means safe there.
- Joel Gould