Outstanding event a credit to community
IPSWICH continues to surprise me and I say that in a good way.
On Wednesday night, I went along to the annual Ipswich Australia Day Awards and expected to see a hundred or so in the auditorium.
Instead I saw a packed gallery numbering well over 500. The turnout once again said to me that Ipswich is a connected community.
This was no ordinary crowd, this was a gathering of some our most community-minded citizens - people who have dedicated their lives to helping make this area a better place.
The stories of their volunteering work poured out through the night as they walked up onto the stage to be recognised.
The event team behind Ipswich City Council should take a bow for an outstanding job in the way they showcased the night.
They turned what could have been a repetitious procession of people walking up shaking hands and smiling for the camera into a night that totally captured the attention of those who went along.
Their idea to invite the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company to perform some excerpts from Phantom of the Opera was a highlight.
It revealed just how polished a performance they can produce.
To all those nominated and to the winners can I say on behalf of all the QT readers, well done and thank you.