Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ruby Adds Action to Radio Talk; There's a Serious Side to Radio Announcer and Former Local Councillor Ruby Slipperz. Kieran Banks Finds out about the Causes Closes to the Heart of Ipswich's Voice of the Breakfast Airwaves

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ruby Adds Action to Radio Talk; There's a Serious Side to Radio Announcer and Former Local Councillor Ruby Slipperz. Kieran Banks Finds out about the Causes Closes to the Heart of Ipswich's Voice of the Breakfast Airwaves

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SHE may have the most recognisable voice in Ipswich but don't be fooled by the coy nature of River 94.9 FM morning presenter Ruby Slipperz's on-air persona.

With more than a decade presenting breakfast shows in Ipswich and her native Toowoomba, Ruby has taken up more than her share of community crusades.

Her exposure to what irked residents of the Garden City drove her desire to make the switch from talking about issues a to acting on them. After an eight-year stint on radio station 4GR, Ruby nominated as a candidate for the Toowoomba City Council elections in 2004.

aI was very involved at the time outside of work with organisations like the Salvos a I became the patron for Down Syndrome in Toowoomba. There was a whole bunch of things I was kind of with and when I got into council, it helped those organisations be heard,a she said.

She was elected, under the guidance of Mayor Diane Thorley, as Toowoomba faced the fiercely debated reticulated water issue.

It proved to be a turning point in Ruby's experience as a councillor, as she backed the plan for recycled sewage water to be used as the town's drinking water.

aI guess I copped a lot of negativity from what I call uninformed residents. I think, if anything I believe in it and I still believe in it and I wouldn't change my thoughts. What really got to me the most was the personal attacks in the street when my children were with me.

aLots of people came up to me and said to me I hate you because you smile all the time.a

The feedback Ruby received failed to dampen her enthusiasm for representing her electorate.

aI have no regrets because I loved working with the community. What was great, because I spent eight years on the radio in Toowoomba, I was really getting among the community. But there became a point where I didn't want to talk about it, I wanted to get into it. …

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