Department of Housing and Public Works minister Tim Mander and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale in fron tof ICON Ipswich. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Department of Housing and Public Works minister Tim Mander and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale in fron tof ICON Ipswich. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

Pisasale open day to showcase Ipswich to public servants

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale is organising an open day for public servants coming to Icon Ipswich so they can see first hand what the city has to offer.

Cr Pisasale spoke to the QT about his plans while conducting a tour of the Icon Ipswich project with State Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander.

Cr Pisasale said the 1200 public servants to be housed in Icon Ipswich needed to understand the city they were moving to.

He said a consultative approach was the way to go.

"We would like to put on a free open day for the public servants and their families so they can find out about Ipswich," he said.

We would like to put on a free open day for the public servants and their families so they can find out about Ipswich.

"We can take them to the rail museum and have some briefings so they can understand the quality of the city and how family friendly and educationally focused we are. Ipswich is a vital part of south-east Queensland. We are a regional centre and we have got to take some of the growth.

"There are thousands of public servants between Gatton and Jindalee that go to Brisbane every day and we need to start working in partnership with the staff. That is something that has been missing in the past where staff were just told what to do."

Mr Mander said "it was important for us to be engaging with council and speaking to people on the ground".

"I am looking forward to making sure that this building and its tenants play a vital role in making Ipswich a vibrant city," he said.

I am looking forward to making sure that this building and its tenants play a vital role in making Ipswich a vibrant city.

"We plan to have the public servants in this building as promised. We need to speak with those people and go through due process so everybody understands what we are trying to achieve. As far as we are concerned, it is business as usual and will go ahead as we anticipated. That is what the Mayor wants and what the city wants.

"We are taking control of the building in September… so it won't happen long after that."

Cr Pisasale also discussed other housing needs of the city on Mr Mander's visit.

"The Minister has come to inspect the building with us and look at how it is going because it is important to have that government presence and involvement," he said.

"We are also showing him where the government departments are around the place. It is all about uniting them all.

"We are highlighting some of the issues from the floods regarding public works, low-cost housing and some of the things we need from a social point of view.

"I have been involved with Tim in the Scripture Union and he combines that social justice outlook with what needs to be done for Queensland and Ipswich."



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