Note: This poll ended on 14th June 2019.

Who is Ipswich's most influential person?

Air Commodore Ken Robinson is the officer commanding RAAF Base Airforce, Australia's largest permanent airbase. In his latest posting, which sees him return to Amberley after a gap of 25 years, AIR CDRE Robinson has the role of SADFO - the Senior Australian Defence Force Officer - for Amberley, giving him overall control of all non-flight operations at the base.

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His Honour Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren SC began his legal career as an article clerk at Swanwick Murray & Roche in Rockhampton, Queensland. His Honour was admitted to the Bar in 1993 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2009. He currently oversees court cases in the Ipswich District Court. 

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Ali Briggenshaw plays NRL for Australia and is captain of the women's Brisbane Broncos team. She champions Ipswich, even bringing the Channel 9 Footy Show to the city this year. Ali played rugby league as a junior before playing Touch Football in the years she couldn't play league.

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Angela and Boubacar Barry. The Barry's purchased their first Coffee Club franchise in Ipswich's Riverlink in 2007 and in November 2013 opened their seventh, also at Riverlink. They play an active role in the local community and have supported the Ipswich Basketball and Ipswich Knights. The Barry's are also huge supporters of the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and the Leukaemia Foundation Ipswich.....

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In 1974 Barry Ingleton created and founded Solahart, Pty Ltd becoming a pioneer of today's Solar power and water industry. Barry has enjoyed creating and developing projects in SEQ and in particular developing his own $250 million infrastructure projects to assist Delfin Lend Lease and Springfield Land Corporation at Springfield Lakes, Australia's largest master planned community.

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Not only have Ben and Shane Walker shown a proven track record of on-field achievements, but their willingness to go the extra effort to help their players off the field is a big reason the Ipswich Jets have enjoyed such success comparable to bigger clubs in the Queensland Cup competition.

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Bob Ell, a former carpenter who was born in NSW, founded Leda Group, a privately-owned property development company in 1976. Among his $1.29 billion property empire is Riverlink Shopping Centre. He also owns land in North Ipswich that is earmarked for a $105 million investment to build 350 townhouses. This development has been on hold since 2011 due to issues with council regarding the flood line.

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Civil Engineer Bob Sharpless is the deputy chairman of Greater Springfield City Group and has a 25% stake in the company. Bob and Maha purchased 2860 hectares of land for $7.2 million in the early '90s.

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Ipswich born and bred, Brad Bulow joined Sammut Bulow in 2005 and became a partner in 2007. Brad is actively involved in the Ipswich community. He is a founding member of Switch On which is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote awareness of men's health issues and raising funds for men's health initiatives.

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Brett Kitching has been the General Manager of the Ipswich Turf Club since 2004 during which time he served as president of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce for four years until 2013. He has worked tirelessly to secure a long-awaited $13m upgrade of the Ipswich Turf Club, a club that holds the biggest provincial race meeting in Australia when 20,000 + people descend on the Ipswich Cup.

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Skills and jobs are high on the agenda of any growing community, and none know that better than Dr Caroline Smith who is executive director of Jobs Queensland, a body formed by the state government in 2015.

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Darren Zanow is Managing Director of Zanows Concreting and Vice President of the Ipswich Show Society. Zanows' Earthmoving was a key part of the business in the early days working for local construction companies, farmers and councils with a fleet of earthmoving and mining equipment.

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David (Rusty) Thomas is president of the Ipswich Show Society and a tireless worker for the annual event. Rusty has been involved with the show since 1966 when he entered the main arena dressed as a clown to entertain the crowds. Rusty is a country man, runs his own farm and loves bringing the country aspect of the show to the masses.

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David Box has been the general manager for the Queensland Times since March 2017. He's been in sales most of his working life, including the banking, automotive, travel, retail and fitness industries. He is responsible for overseeing the running of every aspect of the paper and forming partnerships with community leaders, business people, charities and government officials.

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A medical practitioner specialising in child health, Dr Robert McGregor has made an outstanding contribution to Queensland's community. Bob has devoted nearly four decades to his role as consultant paediatrician at Ipswich Hospital.

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The Edwards Family. Tom Edwards took over the RT Edwards stores from his father Roy who started the company in 1931. At the time RT Edwards owned 11 electrical stores and three furniture stores across SEQ. Tom's brother Sir Llew went into state politics and was the minister responsible for Expo 88. Son Gary heads up Edwards Property, while Tom's grandson Sam O'Connor is a state politician.

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Yuggera Elder Faye Carr has impacted the lives of indigenous Australians from Ipswich and beyond and continues to give back to the community she loves. Last year she was honoured as the 2017 National NAIDOC Female Elder of the Year. The 2017 NAIDOC award committee said Aunty Faye was a strong and wise elder, advocate and leader in her community.

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For the past 27 years Pastor Fred Muys has been working at the Rivers of Life Church, which also involves work in the Harvest Rain food bank, and the brains behind the revival of the Tivoli Drive-in. Since reopening the drive-in it has proven a big hit with families. Putting their staff through the drive-in kitchen has resulted in many young workers getting real-time work experience.

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Gabrielle Borggaard has been the CEO of the Domestic Violence Action Centre across Ipswich and Toowoomba since 2008. She has a passion for co-creating a sustainable, ethical, innovative social services sector with a strong focus on developing useful and viable partnerships with other key stakeholders.

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JOHN and Jan Gadsden started Top Office nearly three decades ago. The business has continued to evolve but remained right here in Ipswich. Each year the business releases the Executive Outlook report based off an extensive survey of local businesses. As a business, Top Office gives back through sponsorships and involvement with the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, Ipswich City Rotary and many others.

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Gary Kellar was appointed acting CEO of Ipswich in Oct 2017. He came to the role highly recommended and is well respected in local government circles. He was CEO at Logan City Council for 26 years and more recently has been involved in consultancy roles for governance, operational effectiveness, systems reviews, business planning and executive mentoring and development.

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Professor Geraldine MacKenzie is beginning to make her mark on University of Southern Queensland campuses at Springfield and Ipswich. She is a member of the Queensland Bar Association, American Bar Association and the International Bar.

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Gerard Pender is a senior director of one of the largest legal practices in the Ipswich and Springfield area. Gerard has practised as a solicitor in the Ipswich area for almost 40 years firstly as a partner with his father in Pender & Pender and then as a partner and director of Walker Pender Group Pty Ltd.

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Greg Chemello is the new boss of one of the region's largest employers, sent by the state to fix an organisation plagued by poor governance and criminal allegations. He was appointed by the Local Government Minister to get in and change the council's ways. He has years of professional and management experience; the last two decades in leadership roles within the public and private sector.

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Earning his stripes as one of the original Bundamba Skating Rink DJ's, Greg Lyons worked in sales at 4BH, QFM and in the 1990's Star 106.9, which later became River 949. Now a part of the furniture at Ipswich Jets, Jacko has been the Promotions and Marketing Manager for the popular club for many years

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Goodna Street Life was established in 2015 by a group of dedicated locals hoping to make a difference in our community. Driven by the hard work and dedication of Helen Youngberry, president of Goodna Street Life, the group sought to establish a local shelter for the homeless and people forced onto the streets.

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James Long has turned the old TAFE building into Limestone 88, which houses Pumpyard, McNamara and Associates lawyers, Ungerman Brothers, Moore Personal Training and Dovetails restaurant. He's a vocal player on the business scene.of 88 Limestone, James Long says cars from the court are parking illegally in their car park.

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John Berry is the director of food manufacturer JBS Australia. As manufacturing is one of the biggest industries in the region, JBS is able to offer employment opportunities to thousands of Ipswich people. It employs about 1,400 people at the Primo Foods site at Wacol and another 2,100 at JBS at Dinmore.

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The Johnson Family are the owners of the PA hotel in Booval which went from a small suburban pub to what is officially, the best pub in the country. Winner of multiple awards, the pub in Booval gets international attention for its innovation, and dedication to good food and craft beer.

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Jude Emmer is chief executive officer at St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital which is part of Ramsay Health Care Limited. Before taking the role she was the chief executive officer at Noosa Hospital.

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Inspector Keith McDonald arrived at Yamanto Station in early 2011 after five years at Oxley. His role at that time was head of Specialist Support Services, covering everything from police communications, to the dog squad, the traffic branch and scenes of crime. He has largely become the face of the Ipswich Police District since, taking the lead with the police's media response to major incidents.

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Dr Kerrie Freeman was appointed as the chief executive of West Moreton Hospital and Health Services in June 2017. Dr Freeman has experience in health care delivery in Australia and New Zealand, as well as an academic focus on community and population health which will be useful in what is expected to be Queensland's fastest growing region over the next 25 years.

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When a new McDonald's store for Greater Springfield was announced earlier this year, franchise owner Lisa Mackintosh knew she had to find 70 more hardworking, punctual people to cook burgers and clean the tables. As the owner of three nearby McDonald's franchises - at Augustine Heights, Orion Springfield and Springfield Lakes - Ms Mackintosh wasn't phased by this tall order.

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Over the past 30 years Mark Edwards has been involved on several boards across the community including St Andrews Private Hospital, State Executive Board of the Australian Christian Churches, former President of Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, University of Queensland Ipswich City Support Group, and since 2016 has been deputy chair on the Ipswich Integrated Response to Domestic and Family Violence.

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Martin Sammut is a partner in accounting firm Sammut Bulow. He undertook the significant Top of Town development of the former Big White space and adjoining buildings. Last year he received the Ipswich Business Person of the Year award at the Ipswich City Business Excellence Awards and he has previously won the Young Business Person of the Year.

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Neil Coupland is the principal of First National Real Estate Springfield, which he opened in 1999. His daughter joined the business in late-2015 and purchased the First National Oxley office in 2017. Mr Coupland is president of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

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Neil Harding is a director at Harding Martin Accountants. He has been in business for three decades. Within his business his roles have included the auditing of public listed companies, non-profit organisations and numerous sporting bodies.

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Western Pride Football Club general manager Pat Boyle loves the region. He was invited to play in Ipswich after growing up in Seventeen Mile Rocks and has lived and breathed regional sport since. The easy-going but professional Boyle has been applauded for his efforts overseeing the success of the Pride. In 2017 Pride won the premiership. Pat is also a massive supporter of youth development.

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Paul Casos is a well-known fourth generation Ipswich resident who has served the local community for the past 50 years in both business and not-for-profit organisations. For 25 years he served as Chairman of the Ipswich Events Corporation, and 19 years as a Director of the Ipswich Hospital .

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Peter Ferrando has held various roles within Aquatec Maxcon including most recently as the Queensland State Manager. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the operations within the Head Office. That encompassed all stages of major projects from expressions of interest and proposal submissions through to design, delivery and the administrative role across all Companies within the Group.

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Peter's commitment to the Ipswich community is without question, having been awarded an OAM in 2015 for his service to the community of Ipswich through senior roles within the Ipswich Show Society and Ipswich Hospice Care, along with his tireless work teaching children how to swim. Peter is also a past president of the Ipswich City Rotary Club and founded the TuffKidz Triathlon and Swim Australia.

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Phil and Julianne Cutcliffe founded Springfield Christian Family in 1996 and at that time had only a handful of people. More than 22 years on, they now have four campuses which allow their 500 members from all over the Springfield area to worship closer to their homes and they are now part of one of the biggest churches in the region.

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No one epitomises the resilient and passionate spirit of Ipswich like Phillip Bell. From hard-working business owners to those often facing their toughest fight; Phillip casts a wide net of influence. He has been the chief executive officer of the Ipswich Hospital Foundation for almost two years and the president of the Ipswich of Chamber of Commerce and Industry since late 2016.

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Thousands of people across Ipswich rely on Qim's efforts every month to feed themselves and their families. Qim is the manager of the Lion and the Lamb food distribution centre in Darling St. She led a rebuild of the centre last month after heartless thieves destroyed all the centre's food stock.

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WHILE working as a lecturer and course co-ordinator at QUT around 2003, Robert Dow began to notice students regularly struggling to get to class on time. At the time Brisbane was bus-centric and rail was neglected so he began the advocacy group 'Back on Track'. The group began churning out press releases in 2004 about the air train and next thing you know he is on ABC talking about it.

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Ross Llewellyn is founder of the RLM group, one of SEQ's biggest car dealerships employing many staff, including across the service division. Many a mechanic can say they started working at RLM, as the company prides itself on taking on local apprentices.

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As the editor of Ipswich's only daily news service, Shannon Newley is responsible for setting the news agenda. Shannon and her team are also responsible for promoting local causes and holding elected officials accountable. After working at a range of regional newspapers Shannon started at the QT in February 2017. She also believes that newspapers should champion their communities.

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Shayne Neumann is an Ipswich-born Labor politician representing the electorate of Blair. First elected in 2007 during the Kevin Rudd-led Labor resurgence, Shayne has again been elected in 2010 (scraped through with a minor swing against), 2013 (picking up a small swing for) and again in 2016 where he technically made Blair a safe seat with 58.88% per cent of the vote.

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The success of the master planned 'city' of Springfield belongs to the Sinnathamby family. It began a quarter century ago on an expanse of unwanted scrub land and was the vision of Maha Sinnathamby, the son of a poor Malaysian rubber grower who wanted to create a bustling mini-metropolis. Today it's home to 36,000 people and will add another 100,000 by 2030.

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