PROUD MOMENT: Former Member for Inala Henry Palaszczuk celebrates the opening of Henry Palaszczuk Bridge at Carole Park.
PROUD MOMENT: Former Member for Inala Henry Palaszczuk celebrates the opening of Henry Palaszczuk Bridge at Carole Park. Inga Williams

Retired MP surprised by sign

HENRY Palaszczuk's strong political foundations in the region have been recognised with the naming of a bridge in the industrial heart of Carole Park.

Mr Palaszczuk, the father of current Premier Annastacia and a long-serving Labor MP for Inala, was given a pleasant surprise when he was lured to the bridge under false pretences yesterday.

The retired MP's name has been permanently fixed on the recently upgraded bridge on Mica St, crossing Sandy Creek.

Joining him to celebrate the occasion were the Premier, Councillors Paul Tully and David Morrison.

"It certainly is an honour - I never expected this and never asked for it," Mr Palaszczuk said.

"Who would have thought that as a young kid living in Inala, with an unpronounceable name, I would some day have my name up on a sign.

"Thanks to David and Paul, it is going to become a reality."

Goodna Councillor Paul Tully said it was a fitting tribute to a man who served his electorate for more than two decades.

"Henry was a great local member whose electorate of Inala bordered Ipswich and Brisbane," Cr Tully said.

"He served the area for 22 years and was a friend to the people of Ipswich.

"I have worked with Henry in local Labor Party affairs since the mid 1970s when Bill Hayden was the federal member and always found to be approachable, caring and thoughtful.

"This is an appropriate recognition for his hard work in the area and it was delightful to have his successor present, his daughter Annastacia who has risen to the highest political office in Queensland."



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