Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Sitting Councillors Unofficially Select Next Mayor

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Sitting Councillors Unofficially Select Next Mayor

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FORMER MP and sitting councillor Wayne Wendt has already been chosen by the councillors as the next Ipswich mayor, the QT can reveal.

Sources close to Ipswich City Council have told this paper in the week leading up to Paul Pisasale's resignation, a deal was struck that Cr Wendt would be the heir apparent.

Already councillors Paul Tully and Andrew Antoniolli - who both claim to be considering a tilt at the top job - have said they believe Cr Wendt would make a good leader.

Cr Sheila Ireland also claims to be considering entering the race.

But the QT understands all councillors have been instructed to throw their support behind Cr Wendt's forthcoming nomination.

Cr David Morrison was last week found to have circulated an email inviting people to vote for him in an online poll as preferred mayor.

This was not welcomed by at least one sitting councillor who moved to have the attempt to garner support - via an official email account which may have breached the councillor's Code of Conduct - exposed. …

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