Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Mayor Sets Christmas Deadline; Pisasale Talks about 'Unfinished Business' in Best Hint Yet He'll Stand Again

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Mayor Sets Christmas Deadline; Pisasale Talks about 'Unfinished Business' in Best Hint Yet He'll Stand Again

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Byline: JOEL GOULD joel.gould@qt.com.au

IPSWICH mayor Paul Pisasale will decide after his Christmas break whether he will contest the next mayoral election in 2016.

But Cr Pisasale, whose operation of several community funds is under investigation by Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission, has given the strongest indication yet that he intends to run again and contest a fourth term.

Cr Pisasale, now in his 22nd year in politics and 10th as mayor, told the QT the speculation surrounding the CCC investigation had taken its toll on him.

But he said his plan to ensure Ipswich became the leading regional centre in Queensland remained unfinished business.

"The last three months have been a tough time for me and my family, and my friends," he said.

"There have been times in the last two months where I have wondered whether it is all worthwhile.

"But I am going to wait until the inquiry has finished and have a look at what I want to achieve in the city.

"I took the city on a journey with the CBD, and you need a certain skill set to finish that. I believe I have those skills."

Cr Pisasale said a definitive decision on his future was still four months away.

"Over Christmas I need to recharge my batteries," he said.

"I am tired. I can feel it.

"I woke up this morning and I didn't have the usual Paul Pisasale oomph.

"I haven't had a holiday in eight years.

"I need an exit strategy, so if I decide not to run again I need to make up my mind pretty quickly. After Christmas I need to sit down and make sure that I can give the city 100%.

"There is no bigger honour than to be mayor of this city.

"And there is no better honour than for someone to give you a vote and feel that you cherish that vote.

"I only went in (to politics) because I wanted to make a difference."

Cr Pisasale said his first task as mayor was to "restore pride in the city". …

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