Rhymester has Pisasale at top
THE creator of Mayor Paul Pisasale's campaign radio jingle says Ipswich's rise 'from a coal mine to a gold mine' is what inspired his ditty.
Alan McGirvan, formerly with the 4IP radio station in Ipswich, lives in the Redlands council region and said he had watched his area nosedive under its present council.
"I got a bit inspired when Paul came out and spoke to us at Redlands about what a real council looks like," he said
"Our rates are up 48% in Redlands and we've got absolutely nothing to show for it. I made a video called the tale of two cities which compares Ipswich to Redlands. We've gone from Redlands to Deadlands. Ipswich under Paul has gone from a coal mine to a gold mine.
"That is a bit simplistic, but that is what has happened. Paul is a genius. Some people are two-ball jugglers. Some people are four-ball jugglers. Paul is a 50-ball juggler and they all stay in the air."
Cr Pisasale said the jingle was good fun and he would be "investing in local media" by playing it on River 94.9.
He pointed to business growth, a unified council, low rates and the building of a sense of civic pride as his achievements as mayor.
Peter Luxton, who will take Cr Pisasale on at the upcoming election in the battle for mayoral duties, was unimpressed with the jingle.
"I'd rather have a forthright exchange of ideas and put forward decent policies," he said.
"Paul Pisasale has certainly changed the town, but not for the better. The Jim Gardiner Pool is gone and hasn't been replaced. It was filled in by Pisasale's administration so there is no Olympic pool in the city heart."