Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Class of 2000 Heralds Era of Council Stability

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Class of 2000 Heralds Era of Council Stability

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Byline: Brian Bennion brian.bennion@qt.com.au

FIFTEEN years ago, there were no smart phones, not everyone had an email address. Councillors worked off pagers and a Nokia mobile phone.

One of the big changes in Ipswich was within the council with almost half the council replaced. Plus the council had been reduced from the mayor and 12 councillors to 10.

But there wasn't turmoil, the new councillors Victor Attwood, David Morrison, Andrew Antoniolli and Heather Morrow surprisingly ushered in a period of stability in the council.

"The election of the four of us as a collective group changed the culture of Ipswich City Council," Cr Attwood said. "Because we were too busy learning how to be councillors to get involved in the bulls--t that used to go on in that five year term prior to us being elected."

Reflecting on 15 years in council yesterday the councillors spoke of how daunting the experience was going from campaigning candidates to councillors, having to become an instant expert across all departments within the council. …

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