Pisasale on Monday: Race day shines again
THE Ipswich Cup on Saturday was another huge success.
Horse racing has been part of Ipswich since 1848, with the first official meeting in 1859.
The forerunner of the Ipswich Cup was the First Queensland Championship Stakes in 1861.
In recent years, the Ipswich Cup has become the best attended of all race meetings on the winter racing calendar.
It was a huge day of live entertainment, an after-party, fashions on the field and of course a few horse races.
On the more serious side, the cup generates approximately $5 million for our local economy which goes into the tills of our local businesses, hospitality venues and retail outlets, which in turn helps to generates jobs.
Also on Saturday a new Ipswich business, the Greater Springfield Veterinary Hospital opened its doors to the delight of local families and their four-legged mates.
We're a city that loves our animal companions, so it's terrific that these great folk will be on hand 24/7 for routine care and those after-hours emergencies.
Congratulations to Columbus Ohio and Mayor Mike Coleman on being named the Intelligent Community of the Year for 2015 in Toronto.
I also want to say congratulations to the people of Ipswich on helping the city make it to the Top7 for the first time this year.
We will be working with Columbus and the other cities in the Top7 to share ideas and innovation to further improve our quality of life.
In Springfield Central, the new GE Queensland Headquarters opened its doors officially last Wednesday. Bringing such a huge company's headquarters to Ipswich has been a real coup.
I know the staff will love their new offices and I wish them well.
Our local Samoan community plays a huge and welcoming role in Ipswich life. It was great to see the 53rd annual celebration of the independence of Samoa in Evan Marginson Park, Goodna on Monday attracted such a large crowd.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the launch of the amazing new EP Getting Back Up by local artist Sheridan at Studio188. What a fantastic voice this is. Grab a copy for yourself on iTunes.