Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Large Crowd Supports Tully; Councillor Launches His Campaign to Become 50th Mayor of the City of Ipswich

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Large Crowd Supports Tully; Councillor Launches His Campaign to Become 50th Mayor of the City of Ipswich

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ASHLEIGH

HOWARTH

ashleigh.howarth@qt.com.au

CLOSE to 100 people filed into the Goodna Rugby League Club to show their support for Paul Tully as he officially launched his campaign to become the 50th mayor of Ipswich.

Among the crowd were his wife Liza, sons John Paul and James, former deputy prime minister Wayne Swan, Member for Oxley Milton Dick, former Ipswich mayor John Nugent and community leaders from various churches, charities and sporting clubs.

While on stage, Cr Tully outlined his promises of what he would like to bring to the city of Ipswich if he won the election.

"If elected mayor on August 19, I pledge rate increases over the next three years will be tied to the prevailing CPI increase," Cr Tully said.

"This will give certainty to Ipswich families and will provide a clear basis for moving forward with works programs and city development.

"Also, for the first time, Ipswich City Council pensioner rate remissions will be indexed annually in line with inflation from 2018."

During his speech, Cr Tully also explained how roads and infrastructure would be a key priority under his administration.

"I will continue to work with the state and federal governments to ensure Ipswich gets our fair share of capital and recurrent funding for our city," he said.

"I will continue the momentum to have the Springfield railway line extended from Springfield Central to Redbank Plains and the Ripley Valley.

"And I will work with local state members to continue to improve our road network across the city and, in particular, the provision of enhanced car parking facilities around our railway stations.

"My CBD parking strategy will also see the introduction of free parking for the first 15 minutes.

"This will significantly help our local businesses in the heart of our city and will assist visitors. …

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