OPINION: Pisasale all about the people first
THE announcement by Paul Pisasale that he would be seeking re-election as mayor of Ipswich was hardly surprising.
The shock would have been had he decided to call it quits.
While he was a long odds-on to throw his hat in the ring it wasn't that long ago when he must have been thinking long and hard about whether it was all worth it.
The prolonged Brisbane based media attack on Pisasale had him seriously considering whether he should retire from his public post.
While like all leading mayors in Queensland he gets paid a handsome wage, it's well known he doesn't need the money.
The reason why he grit his teeth and fought on is because Paul Pisasale is a man who can't leave a job half done.
And the job he is so passionate about is taking Ipswich from a city that people once ridiculed to one of prominence and respect.
I have said before in this column that there isn't any one in the present council who could or should step into his shoes.
It was a comment that didn't sit well with certain councillors who believe they are ready, willing and able to be the next mayor.
My advice to them is if they are setting themselves up for the top job they should watch and learn from our present mayor.
While he may have some faults they are more than compensated by his passion for this city and the community. Many may say Pisasale is all about Pisasale, I say Pisasale is all about the people first.