Business leaders back Pisasale's city lagoon project
IPSWICH businessmen have welcomed the announcement by Mayor Paul Pisasale that a new lagoon is to be built in the heart of the CBD.
Suraj Arachchige, the owner of Helloworld in the Ipswich City Mall, said it was "a great idea".
"There needs to be change in the mall and CBD and it shouldn't follow what everyone else is doing. It needs to be brand new," he said.
"This lagoon will bring people into the city, not just from the Ipswich area but from other towns as well.
"I can see people who are on their way somewhere to now stop in here and do something.
"That will create more business, like restaurants, as well.
"It will make Ipswich become a real destination."
Bob Slater, the chemist at Ipswich Discount Drug Stores, said the lagoon would be a beacon and provide respite for families in the blazing Ipswich heat.
"As chairman of the CBD traders I am really thankful to Ipswich City Properties and Ipswich City Council for coming up with these concepts," he said.
"It will make the CBD a unique destination, not just a shopping centre.
"In the climate of Queensland and Ipswich I think it will be a very big drawcard."
The lagoon project will no doubt have its critics, but Mr Slater said he was sick and tired of the way constant carping about the council's plans was impacting business confidence.
"I would like to make a few comments about some of the negative comments hitting (the QT)," he said.
"We can't use the CBD as a political football, and everything that goes in the paper people read.
"If I lose 10 customers because...of stories in the paper then it is devastating to me."