Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Media Frenzy Sparks Call for Fund Review; Council CEO A[euro][approximately]obliged' to Act in Response to Media Speculation

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Media Frenzy Sparks Call for Fund Review; Council CEO A[euro][approximately]obliged' to Act in Response to Media Speculation

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Byline: Joel Gould joel.gould@qt.com.au

IT is the fund that has raised millions of dollars in donations for the Ipswich community, but now the Ipswich Mayor's Community Fund is set to be reviewed.

Ipswich City Council CEO Jim Lindsay told the QT yesterday that due to media speculation he had asked for a wide review that will include Australian Water Holdings' (AWH) claims about its dealings with council and the structure of Forward Ipswich.

The Mayor's Community Fund's charter is to "pursue charitable purposes beneficial to the community" and it is allowed to "procure the co-operation of other individuals and groups" to pursue that goal.

Cr Pisasale told the QT it had been used to provide assistance to those who have suffered in natural disaster, help people bury loved ones who couldn't afford it and make donations to the needy.

That included a $14,000 cheque given yesterday to Ipswich's Scott Gardiner who recently had his house burned down.

"It does things that are outside the scope of anything else," Cr Pisasale said.

"I am glad I set it up. It is a mechanism to help people in need, and all the people I helped in the floods will know the truth."

"This fund has raised $3million for the city. During the floods I raised $2.5million."

The QT can provide key facts about how the fund is set up.

It is not run by council. It is an incorporated body. Department of Fair Trading documents show it has been since April, 2011

Mr Lindsay said the council "does provide administration servicesa[degrees]but council doesn't run it".

Cr Pisasale is the president and council employee Dianne Smith is the secretary/treasurer.

The management committee includes councillors and members of the Ipswich community.

There are no audited annual reports on record with the Department of Fair Trading but Mr Lindsay said he understood "all appropriate disclosures have been made as required". …

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