'We need to be a council that actually delivers': Mayor
UPDATED 4PM: THE Ipswich City Council election results for all four divisions and for Mayor have finally been declared by the Electoral Commission of Queensland.
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR:
IPSWICH Mayor Teresa Harding said it came as a relief for not only the elected councillors but for the people of Ipswich.
She said it was now time to move on.
"We've had a council in the past that would promise a lot," she said.
"We need to be a council that actually delivers and for people to gain our trust.
"You have my word. I won't put up with what was happening in the past. I will be setting a standard and I won't allow that to happen in any way shape or form."
The first focus for the city's new council will be to work through and overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
"When we have the first council meeting, there will be a motion moved that I will be chairing that (Local Disaster Management Group) from now on so I can be really hands on with how the disaster is managed here locally but also with our recovery actions afterwards,"
Ms Harding said.
"During the election campaign we had discussions about the fact that Ipswich is the fastest growing council area in Queensland, so we've got a lot of work not just on immediate delivery and dealing with the virus, but also planning for the future."
Ms Harding is the first female mayor in Ipswich's 160-year history.
While she said it was time to move on, she said she would also work to shed some light on what happened under the previous council's leadership.
"My main focus is delivering on the 100 day fresh start plan," she said.
"I'm very humbled by the large margins I've been given and therefore a strong mandate to make sure that we open the books.
"That we will be publishing all the documentation from those five Ipswich entities that lost just over $78 million while we still do our plan."
CITY'S NEW COUNCILLORS:
With more than 70 per cent of the vote counted in each division, Jacob Madsen and former councillor Sheila Ireland have been elected to represent Division 1.
Mrs Ireland was part of the council team sacked in August 2018.
She was first elected in the former Division 9 back in 2004.
She said she was looking forward to joining Mr Madsen in representing the community and will start with training this week.
"He's young, he's got new ideas, he'll appeal to all of the young people in the division," she said.
"We've got seven days of training, I guess we'll see exactly what we can do and what councils are allowed to do in this new regime."
Mr Madsen said finding a way to keep connected with the large division will be their main priority.
"The first thing for me will be just working with Sheila to come up with a way to make sure everyone across the division has access to us," he said.
"I think we're going to have to innovate as we come up with something."
Paul Tully will also return in Division 2 alongside his campaign partner Nicole Jonic.
Mr Tully was dismissed with the rest of the previous Ipswich City Council in August 2018.
He was part of the council for almost 40 years before he was sacked.
Mrs Jonic is the principal of NKT Tax Accountants and has lived in Goodna since 2011. This was her first election.
"It's been a long lead-up to now," she said. "We already knew what the results were going to be.
"I guess I'm relieved."
The newly-elected councillor said she wanted to move on from the issues of the past.
"I just want to move forward," she said.
"It's mostly new, fresh blood with a little bit of experience coming in, which is really good for us to get traction."
Finance Lawyer Marnie Doyle and 26-year-old hospitality manager Andrew Fechner were both declared for Division Three..
Ms Doyle previously told the QT her goal for her first 12 months in the job would be to improve transparency for residents.
"I had various residents complain to me that the parks within their suburbs weren't maintained often enough," she said.
"I want that information published somewhere for residents to access easily, so they know when there will be work happening within their suburb."
Mr Fechner from Heisenberg Haus and Tighty Whities cafe will be the youngest councillor to be elected in Ipswich's history.
He said the initial job to tackle would be dealing with the continuing coronavirus outbreak.
"We need to do everything in our power absolutely to make sure people have access to services."
Kate Kunzelmann and Russell Milligan have been elected to represent Division 4.
Ms Kunzelmann is a nurse, educator and marriage celebrant who carried out eight months of intense campaigning.
"I had an engagement with the community throughout the campaign and I intend to continue that community engagement," she said.
She said she looked forward to working with Mr Milligan, who ran on a platform of getting "back to basics".
"I have said that I wanted to focus on getting back to the basics of delivering cost-effective and efficient services to Ipswich city," he said.
"Ipswich used to be a centre for industry and manufacturing and with recent global events, it is becoming more evident that we have relied on other countries too heavily. I now want to ensure that council acknowledges this and looks to help bring back an Australian-owned and backed workforce in Ipswich."
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