HAVING A BALL: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale will begin his no doubt colourful campaign from his new office in Brisbane St.
HAVING A BALL: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale will begin his no doubt colourful campaign from his new office in Brisbane St.

Fancy being Mayor? You have until noon today to join race

IT'S ON.

The race for the city's top job is set to begin in earnest with nominations for mayor, along with divisional councillors, closing at noon today.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is already on the move, literally, with his campaign office located in Brisbane St next door to Dusty's Bar and Grill.

Cr Pisasale's only confirmed opponent is Gary Duffy.

It remains to be seen whether the mysterious Xavier 'Whippy' Axepoole, who runs the 'Whippy for Ippy Mayor' website, will nominate in time.

Cr Pisasale had an emphatic win over Peter Luxton at the last mayoral election and Mr Duffy will be at long odds to triumph.

Cr Pisasale said his campaign would once again raise significant funds for charity, but insisted he was taking nothing for granted.

"I am campaigning because you can never take your community or one vote for granted," he said.

"If I am going to put myself forward people need to know what I stand for and I need to help people with postal voting in a professional manner.

"If I can't run a professional campaign then I can't run the city."

Cr Pisasale said he had two major campaign announcements to make in the coming five weeks.

"You have the seen the cake, as in what we have planned for the CBD, and there is some icing sugar to come," he said.

"I am working on a major project and I just need to get the funding for it.

"My biggest priority for the next four years will be strengthening the CBD because people want the city's heart fixed.

"The other thing they want is stronger arts and cultural facilities.

"While we haven't got a performing arts centre yet, because the federal government won't fund it, I have a good policy with regards to a project that will strengthen the arts and culture of this city."

Cr Pisasale said he had previously operated campaign offices in the CBD, and the opening of the Brisbane St office was nothing unusual.

"The most important thing about having a campaign office is that as mayor you can't be using any of the council facilities," he said.

"We have set up the office, which will be run by volunteers, to keep it separate from my job.

"But I am still the mayor right up until the election while the council is in caretaker mode."

Cr Pisasale's daughter Lisa is his campaign manager and was the brainchild behind his promotional campaign 'balls'.

"The biggest thing in schools at the moment is handball, so the kids love them," he said.

It was pointed out to Cr Pisasale that children don't vote. "It is not about voting," he said.

"It is all about being part of a community where I have always said that families come first."  



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