Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Why City's Vision Must Be Clear

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Why City's Vision Must Be Clear

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Byline: Joel Gould

SOME lines from a Rolling Stones song speak to the balance Ipswich City Council would want to strike on funding after Deputy Premier Jackie Trad's visit yesterday.

You can't always get what you want. But getting what you need is better.

If the council can get the closest alignment to what it wants, what it needs and what it gets then Mayor Paul Pisasale will have got maximum value out of Ms Trad's visit.

It is an ongoing dialogue and the stakes are high.

There are funding streams available for councils to apply for when they are seeking financial support for key infrastructure and social and cultural projects from state and federal governments.

It is a competitive business, with less funds available than the request from councils around the state.

That is why it is vital Ipswich City Council's submissions are top notch, that they have a clear vision and that they keep dialogue open with Ms Trad and other movers and shakers.

Ms Trad's visit was vital in that respect. It gave the Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Minister the opportunity to hear from Cr Pisasale directly about what the city needs.

The QT has highlighted (on page five) how the Ipswich CBD is the first order of business for the council and that it is seeking $10 million from the State.

Cr Pisasale also highlighted other projects to Ms Trad that the council would be seeking funding for over lunch at Mehfil Indian restaurant.

These include the Woollen Mills arts and cultural precinct, Ipswich Motorsport Precinct/Park, Ipswich Performing Arts Centre and Norman St Bridge.

The revamp of the old Woollen Mills at North Ipswich into a cultural and arts precinct will cost an estimated $7 million, although the council is yet to do exact costings.

It is a large 8000 square metre site and the council's view is that site will need to be complemented by a commercial tenant to offset some of the costs of the arts and cultural precinct. …

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