Pisasale: I told you I would return campaign cash
MAYOR Paul Pisasale says he has started paying out on one of his best-publicised election promises.
The Mayor made headlines during the election campaign when he said he had raised $100,000 to fight for re-election.
But he hosed down the hype when he promised to spend the money left over from the campaign - about $60,000 - on the community.
"I decided to set up Forward Ipswich two years ago and made sure everything in my campaign went to Forward Ipswich and not Paul Pisasale," the Mayor said.
"We've got a board and we sit down and decide where we're going to spend it; one thing we wanted to do was the seniors concerts. We want to look at working with small business now.
"I've helped a few little organisations and charities. I gave $3000 to the Special Olympics, and to the Mater Hospital children's charity I gave $4000.
"It's not there for people to write in because the committee will determine it; it's not ratepayers' money so I'm entitled to spend it how I want to.
"People gave me the campaign funds to help Ipswich and that's what I intend to do.
"It's not about Paul Pisasale, it's about Forward Ipswich."
He deflected talk of developers and others giving him money hoping for preferential treatment.
"I've made this quote 100 times - if anyone thinks they can buy my vote, find another mayor," he said.
"I'll always do everything in the best interests of Ipswich.
"When people give to churches, they don't expect divine intervention do they?
"Every person who has donated to me believes what I'm doing is good for their business and good for Ipswich. I've never met anyone who wants me to do anything illegal; they want someone who's prepared to listen to them and be available and get the city moving.
"It's not just me because I don't make the decisions.
"It's a council decision, not a Paul Pisasale decision."