BIG PLAN: A new lagoon has been announced for the Ipswich CBD (above) as part of Mayor Paul Pisasale’s election campaign.
BIG PLAN: A new lagoon has been announced for the Ipswich CBD (above) as part of Mayor Paul Pisasale’s election campaign. Contributed

Readers sceptical about Pisasale's city lagoon

THE Ipswich business community has welcomed the announcement of a new lagoon to be built in the heart of the CBD - but have our readers?

There was a healthy mixture of opinions on what Mayor Paul Pisasale's announcement means for the city and its future.

Cam Jay: "Overall I agree with this as there is already ample free three-hour week day parking and public transport access. It will also bring life to the mall precinct. There are still a few grey areas, like the impact on the only train line from the heritage workshops via the Bradfield Bridge, and preservation of architectural building fronts."

Lisa Butler: "What a fantastic idea to rejuvenate the city centre. When the beach/lagoon was built at South Bank there were many people who objected to that too, but look at what the South Bank precinct has done to the visitor numbers to Brisbane. I think it's a great idea.

Gil Burgh: "C'mon QT, what about asking the hard questions and keeping readers informed rather than this propaganda? Not so long ago it was a parkland, now a lagoon, and prior to that there were so many artist's impressions since 2011. We've got three more weeks until the election. What's next? What happened to the proposed water park? Oh yes, Springfield got that! If ya'll want to be treated like kids and be told stories about what Santa will bring you then don't be disappointed when yet again Councillor Andrew Antoniolli and Mayor Paul Pisasale don't deliver."

Brett Morrissey: "The artist's impression shows the lagoon where previous artists' impressions have shown a high rise building. Does this mean that the plans for retail/ administrative expansion are simmering?"

A new lagoon has been announced for the Ipswich CBD. Pictured is owner of Discount Drugs Store Bob Slater, owner of Hello World Suraj Arachchige, Cr Paul Tully, Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Andrew Antoniolli.
A new lagoon has been announced for the Ipswich CBD. Pictured is owner of Discount Drugs Store Bob Slater, owner of Hello World Suraj Arachchige, Cr Paul Tully, Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Andrew Antoniolli.

Scarlet Burke: "Is to be built? I thought it was just a "proposal", as in an idea a few weeks out of an election. Would be great if it comes to fruition but I don't see any tangible evidence of that."

Gary Reid: "You know this is not going to happen! They simply got out their colouring pencils and changed the green to blue, how many times has this council lied to the people and then blamed someone else when it does not happen. They must really think ratepayers are stupid, and is it coincidental that it is just before the election? Why didn't they do something like this years ago? We need to put new blood into Ipswich."

Heather Joy Lee: "Like many others have said, it should be at Limestone Park, but I think it should be an aquatic centre with a water park and an Olympic pool. I think Bundamba just doesn't fit the bill. Ideally, it should be an indoor pool for the winter. We have a long history of swimming clubs and fine swimmers. There are a lot of people who want swimming for general fitness also."

Murray Pocock: "According to Andrew Antoniolli, if you raise any questions on the lack of progress over the last 15 years or future direction you are just negative. Would that be negative about him claiming his six figure salary, plus entitlements, or negative as opposed to positive? Positive nothing much has happened in 15 years except the steady decline of the CBD. Positive this lagoon will never eventuate. Positive we don't have curbing and channelling to all streets. Willowbank Aeronautics Technology Park, Swanbank Industrial Park, Stainless Steel Rolling Mill, Paper Pulping Plant, CBD Mall re-development Mark I, CBD Mall re-development Mark II?"



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