PROUD HISTORY: Don Livingstone and his extended family at the site of the One Mile Bridge, which has been renamed after the former Ipswich councillor state member.
PROUD HISTORY: Don Livingstone and his extended family at the site of the One Mile Bridge, which has been renamed after the former Ipswich councillor state member. Rob Williams

Bridge honour for Livingstone

AFTER almost 10 years away from politics, the life of former Ipswich state member and city councillor Don Livingstone has been recognised by Ipswich City Council.

The One Mile Bridge at Leichhardt has been officially named the Don Livingstone One Mile Bridge.

The One Mile Bridge upgrade was a vital piece of infrastructure Mr Livingstone fought hard for many years as a former councillor and as former Member for Ipswich West.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said it was fitting that one of the city's busiest river crossings be named after Mr Livingstone.

"I have known Don for many years and he has made a tremendous contribution to the development of the city in his former roles," Cr Pisasale said.

"Don is a true blue Ipswich resident and has worked tirelessly for the city and its residents throughout his life."

Born in Kingaroy in 1948, Mr Livingstone moved to Ipswich at the age of seven.

He was the Australian Labor Party's Queensland campaign director from 1983 to 1986 and served on Ipswich City Council from 1985 to 1990.

It was in 1989 that the Ipswich City Alderman ran for Ipswich West and was elected on December 2, 1989.

He was defeated by One Nation candidate Jack Paff in 1998 and during this time he became a policy advisor to the then Minister for Public Works and Housing Rob Schwarten.

Mr Livingstone was re-elected as the Member for Ipswich West in 2001 and remained in the role until he retired in 2006.

During this period he was appointed Public Works Committee chairman.

He was Government Whip from 1992 to 1998.

Outside politics Mr Livingstone's working life has included the grocery shop BR Traders, Bayards, a working holiday in New Zealand, labouring work at RAAF Amberley building the new F 1-11 hanger, managing a combined Four Square and Post Office at Ebbw Vale and Swanbank Power Station.

It was during his time at Swanbank that Mr Livingstone became publicly involved in politics and was elected to Ipswich Council as an Alderman in 1985.

At that time this was a part-time position so he stayed on at Swanbank.

He became a union delegate and was elected to the Workers Liaison Committee, a role that led him to chair the State Workers Liaison Committee.

Mr Livingstone was re-elected as an Ipswich Alderman in 1988.

When he was made redundant from Swanbank, he and his wife Cheryl opened a deli in Booval Fair and another in Ipswich City Square, which lead to his famous nickname "Deli Don". They sold the delis when Mr Livingstone was elected to Parliament.

To this day one of Mr Livingstone's passions is "crunching the numbers" whenever there is an election in the air.

He has been a keen pistol shooter for many years becoming a Range Officer and filled this role at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games while Mrs Livingstone was a scorer.

The One Mile Bridge was re-named the Don Livingstone Bridge on Saturday in honour of the former Ipswich councillor and state member for Ipswich West. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
The One Mile Bridge was re-named the Don Livingstone Bridge on Saturday in honour of the former Ipswich councillor and state member for Ipswich West. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams


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