Mayor on Monday column with Paul Pisasale
Mayor on Monday column with Paul Pisasale Rob Williams

Pisasale on Monday: Ipswich jobs will flow

THE most important thing in life you can give someone is a job and that's priority number one for our city.

On Thursday more than 30 staff from a huge range of employment agencies came together for Ipswich Jobs Day to tackle youth unemployment.

Together they doorknocked businesses right across the city speaking to employers about local jobseekers and spreading the word about hiring local young people first.

It's great to see working partnerships between council, employers and training providers to tackle unemployment in our city and I am proud to support this initiative.

 

A key driver of jobs is economic growth for our city. During the week I participated in the Queensland Futures Summit panel on Creating Thriving Regions.

This was a great opportunity to talk about the successes we've had in Ipswich and our plans for the future.

 

We've got a great community of artists in Ipswich and a thriving arts scene. This week I was invited to the opening of two exceptional local exhibitions.

Embrace is an exhibition at Studio188 celebrating the works of local artists and their contribution to the community.

A Mountain of Stars is Andrea Baumert Howard's first solo exhibition of her work, which is on display at Arttime Supplies until August 22. It was great to wish her the best.

 

Our churches do a great job in this city spreading hope and care. On Sunday, I had a great time at Cityhope Church's 15th annual Day of Honour, a day to celebrate our local community leaders, local emergency service personal and police.

 

Over the weekend I also joined a huge number of Church leaders and Defence Force personnel to lay a wreath at the Ipswich RSL Sub-Branch's ecumenical church service in memory of the battle of Lone Pine. Our city has a proud history of defence service to Australia and it was an honour to pay my respects.

 

The Ipswich Jets hosted the PNG Hunters here in Ipswich over the weekend. It was a packed game with many locals from islander backgrounds supporting the Hunters, so it was terrific that the Jets used the occasion to celebrate PNG culture.


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