New minister proud of Ipswich roots
NEW Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey says he wears a "badge of pride from growing up in Ipswich".
The Bundaberg MP and former police officer will guide the state's emergency services for the new LNP government, a job his childhood in Ipswich helped prepare him for.
"I come from very humble beginnings," Mr Dempsey said.
"From being in Riverview, then living in department of housing homes when my father got ill, I know both sides of the stories and it certainly gave me a great grounding to understand people and respect each other."
Mr Dempsey spent time at Bundamba State School, Sacred Heart Primary and St Peter Claver College while living in Ipswich.
"I used to walk to Riverview Station to catch the train to school," he said of his time at Sacred Heart Primary at Booval.
"I remember the loving teachers we had there and I loved the school."
A talented junior footballer, Mr Dempsey also has fond memories of the sporting fields across the region.
"I played football with Brothers and the mighty Goodna Eagles," he said. "That was the same generation as the Walters and the Langers."
Mr Dempsey will start work immediately on fulfilling election promises for 1100 new police officers and returning others to frontline duties, and Ipswich residents will benefit.
"One thing the people of Ipswich have is great heart and soul and a lot of determination," he said." They like honest, frank conversations."