Pisasale on Monday: City centre plans historic

ON FRIDAY we made a big announcement that we would move council's administration and city library to the Ipswich Mall as a catalyst for the most significant CBD redevelopment in the city's history. The CBD is Ipswich's city heart and we've got big plans to give it a new lease on life. We launched this transformation in 2009 with a 10-15 year vision to rejuvenate the city centre.

This week, we received the fantastic news that Ipswich has again been named one of the world's Smart21 communities by the global Intelligent Community Forum. We're fair dinkum about embracing everything digital technology can do to help us attract digital entrepreneurs, drive growth and equip residents for the jobs and educational opportunities of tomorrow.

There were two big 90th birthdays this week in Ipswich. On Thursday, I joined Graham Edwin and his family and friends to wish him a very happy birthday. On Saturday it was Sadie Goodingham's turn to celebrate. It was great to pop in and wish them all the best on behalf of the city for their tremendous achievement.

On behalf of all councillors and myself, a huge thanks to Jill Lange-Mohr and all her staff and students at St Peters Lutheran College in Springfield Central for making us feel so welcome at our external council meeting last Friday. It's so important that council gets out into the community and talks to residents face to face about what we can do to make Ipswich even better.

Speaking of schools, this week I also dropped into West Moreton Anglican College's Council meeting to discuss the important role schools play in the economic development of our city. Young people are our city's future and it was fantastic to meet with a group of people so dedicated to ensuring they get a great head start with an excellent education.

There was a lot of fun at Horseland in North Ipswich when the troops from the army's 26 Transport Squadron brought their mascot camels down to raise money to assist with upkeep costs.

We love to celebrate in Ipswich and this week we held the popular annual Jacaranda Festival and awarded talented local, national and international poets who competed in the 2015 Ipswich Poetry Feast. A great time was had by everyone at these events.

It was great to attend the opening of the new Beaumont Tiles Ipswich franchise. It's terrific to see a new business showing so much confidence in the city.

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