VISION: An artist’s impression of retail stage 1 in the Ipswich CBD. Contributed
VISION: An artist’s impression of retail stage 1 in the Ipswich CBD. Contributed Contributed

Plans to bring heart and soul back to city centre

I'D LIKE to thank everybody who has joined us on the long journey of rejuvenating our CBD.

Truly great cities have vibrant CBDs and we're working hard to deliver that for the community.

In 2008, when council purchased Ipswich City Square shopping centre, we promised we'd bring heart and soul back to the city centre.

With ICON proving a success, concept plans for retail stage 1 have been released.

This next phase is the most critical in the CBD redevelopment.

Last week, all councillors endorsed the relocation of council's administration and library into the mall.

Currently work is under way with the preferred developer on final plans and I'm looking forward to the announcement of the project partner by the end of the year.

Congratulations to all the students recognised for their achievements at the Westside Christian College Annual Secondary Awards Presentation evening.

I was delighted to assist with the ceremony and would like to thank Christopher Meadows for his kind invitation.

Christopher is retiring as principal this year, and on behalf of the whole city, good luck with all your future endeavours.

 In last week's column, I wished Graham Edwin Chalk a happy 90th birthday but forgot to include his surname.

So sorry Graham, won't happen again next year.

On Friday, I joined residents and school students from right across the city for the annual Walk for Daniel.

The suburban streets were a sea of red as we stood with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to support a city safe for all children.

Denise and Bruce Morcombe's commitment to a safer world for our children following the worst tragedy that can befall a parent is an inspiration.

On Saturday, we all had a blast at the City Slider waterslide that took over the entire length of Griffith Rd.

I'm thrilled we can attract such major public events to Ipswich and the children had a great time.

Thanks to Stuart and his whole team for inviting me along.

We had a lot of fun last week when Mayor Jenny Hill of Townsville honoured her commitment to wear the Ipswich Jets jersey in the Townsville Council Chamber following the Jets historic grand final victory over the Townsville Blackhawks in the Intrust Super Cup.

Thanks for being a great sport Jenny, and better luck to the Blackhawks next year.

Ipswich has a fantastic local Indian community and it was an honour to join so many residents yesterday at Mehfil to celebrate the annual Diwali Festival. It was a great day.

Range Crossing works to close part of Warrego Hwy

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