THANKS VOLUNTEERS: Visitor Information Centre volunteers with Mayor Paul Pisasale.
THANKS VOLUNTEERS: Visitor Information Centre volunteers with Mayor Paul Pisasale. Contributed

Pisasale on Monday: Happy holidays to our students

SCHOOL'S out for summer. I'd like to wish our students of all ages a very happy and safe holiday season. Graduation celebrations and award nights were held across Ipswich last week, recognising our best and brightest, ending eras and signalling the start of exciting new journeys. These events make me incredibly proud. Our city's future is in good hands.

Phase two of the redevelopment of Ipswich City Square is all about community. More than 300 ideas were collected during recent consultation sessions, with the results helping to shape a new-look mall that will include plenty of open space and food and beverage areas, a redesigned water play area, a library and a council building. Work is set to start in the third quarter of next year.

The 20th annual Ipswich Toy Run hit the road at Brassall yesterday, coming to a close at the showgrounds. Hosted by the Ulysses Club Lockyer Branch, the toy drive supported The Salvation Army and local families in need.

A big thanks to Troy Cassar-Daley and the rest of the talent who took the stage at Saturday's annual Carols by Candlelight.

This Ipswich tradition was once again well supported and a great night was had by all who attended.

Beautiful Ipswich is part of an election commitment to raise the bar in suburbs across the city, promoting civic pride and a sense of belonging. Collingwood Park and Riverview are the first two suburbs to benefit from the program with a series of planned improvements including suburb entry statements, landscaping in local parks and streetscaping. You can learn more about Beautiful Ipswich at the council website.

Happy 70th wedding anniversary to Maurie and Betty Young. The North Ipswich couple celebrated with friends and family at Jets Leagues Club on Saturday and I was proud to present them with flowers and a certificate in recognition of their milestone.

Various functions last week recognised the hard work and dedication of the city's army of volunteers. Thank you to each and every volunteer, your contributions don't go unnoticed.

The Rotary Club of Ipswich City was proud to give a few families a brighter Christmas at yesterday's end-of-year function.



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