Pisasale on Monday: City's history on show
ONE of the best things about living in Ipswich is the proud history that we all share as one community and I got a couple of opportunities last week to attend a couple of celebrations I was honoured to be part of.
On Friday I was joined by Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey to celebrate 50 years to the day of the opening of the David Trumpy Bridge.
Crossing the Bremer River it transports approximately 33,000 vehicles each day from Ipswich city centre and beyond to the north side of Ipswich and is part of the daily life of the city.
The bridge was officially opened on June 26, 1965 by then Queensland Administrator Sir Alan Mansfield before a crowd of more than 1,000.
Friday's ceremony was witnessed by relatives of the bridge's namesake the late long-serving Ipswich Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr David Trumpy who made a huge contribution to our city as well as other invited guests.
On the same day I was again joined by the Governor, my good friend Councillor Heather Morrow and members of the 23 Squadron Association for a ceremony to unveil a plaque commemorating the operation of a WWII Emergency Landing Strip in Barellan Point that also served as the 23 Squadron's training base in the area.
It's fantastic how much pride our city takes in its deep connections to the Australian military whether they are historical connections or the close bond we share with the thousands of members of the ADF serving in Ipswich.