Businesses breathe new life into the Ipswich CBD
A SWAG of retailers are pouring into Ipswich City Square - and Mayor Paul Pisasale is rallying the city to get behind them.
The Mayor visited Autographed Memorabilia, Navie's Jeweller, and A Lot of Books who have opened their doors in the square along with new retailer Glorious Nails.
As part of the Activate Ipswich program, the Mayor also welcomed fledgling fashion designers, Repeated Originals and Ratatattscat.
Ipswich City Council's Activate Ipswich program aims to give short term commercial space to start-up businesses and community organisations.
The flow-on effect the council is hoping for is increased foot traffic in the area and a general revitalisation of the CBD.
"It's fantastic to see new businesses coming to town," the Mayor said.
"To me, what people have to understand is when we built Riverlink, everyone thought it was going to kill the CBD. I knew it would hurt the CBD for a while but I knew that if Riverlink was built anywhere else it would kill the CBD.
"I knew there would be a little bit of pain but now we're getting a lot of gain too.
"With the work we've done along the river, both sides of the river are now facing each other."
He said the Icon Ipswich redevelopment of the CBD would cement that relationship.
"There's a lot of work to be done here with the redevelopment so you'll see some changes and a whole heap of businesses that will link in with Riverlink," he said.
"What's happening now is the CBD is changing; there's new businesses here, there's people coming in. What we need is for the people of Ipswich to understand it's our CBD.
"Our CBD will only become strong now; the businesses are here, we need the people to come back.
"The only way we're going to get more people here is for people to have confidence in their own city."