Pisasale on Monday: Our future has never been brighter
THE decisions we make today will have a direct impact on our city's future prosperity.
This important fact was front and centre when councillors and I deliberated the 2016-2017 Budget, which I had the honour of handing down last week.
It is my 13th budget since I was elected mayor in 2004 and continues our journey to make Ipswich a city we are all proud to call home.
It is a budget that looks at both today and tomorrow by giving our city a green light for advancement. Ipswich is now in its strongest financial position in living memory.
I'm excited by the opportunities ahead. Our future has never been brighter.
League legends Darren Lockyer, Gary Belcher and Trevor Gillmeister were in town for last week's annual Turn to Me lunch presented by Swich on Inc.
The fundraiser at Ipswich Turf Club raised awareness of mental health issues among young men.
A big thanks to the sponsors and supporters who raised thousands of dollars on the day.
I spent a lot of time last week working with the Local Government Association of Queensland at our policy executive meeting.
This is all about helping our region and looking beyond Ipswich.
I'm proud to represent our neighbours from the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset and look forward to sharing our ideas and success stories.
He's been a fixture at Apprenticeships Queensland since 1988 and now Dave Handyside has called it a career.
A familiar face to people across Ipswich, Dave has helped thousands of people make the most of their employment and training opportunities and has given countless hours back to the community.
I was proud to be inducted as the new president of the Rotary Club of Ipswich City, taking over from outgoing president Jon Patterson.
I look forward to working with the community and continuing Jon's work.
It was also a pleasure to be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Pine Rivers changeover dinner on Friday.
Congratulations to established local business Crowne Real Estate on a big move to Ipswich Riverlink Shopping Centre. Kirsty and the team have outgrown their former base at Yamanto and now call Shop 7B home, right next to Beacon Lighting.
Drug ARM Ipswich has a new outreach support program as part of the State Government's campaign to stop alcohol-fuelled violence. Launched last week, the program sets up street support services from 11pm to 2am and helps people enjoy a safe night out in Ipswich.
It was great to catch up with Mark and Greg from Brothers Leagues Club last week and learn more about their future plans.
Brothers is an important part of the Ipswich community with thousands of young people representing the club on and off the sporting fields.