Ipswich like Manhattan: MP
IN HIS first speech to Queensland Parliament, Ipswich West MP Sean Choat has compared the vibrant, bustling environment of his electorate to the hip Manhattan Island.
Despite the brave international comparison, Mr Choat said he was keen to reform the old "tired CBD" into an exciting hub.
The New York comparison received a few affectionate giggles from fellow MPs in parliament on Tuesday afternoon before Mr Choat moved onto the more serious matter of pledging himself to be a "humble servant" for his constituents.
Mr Choat placed a strong focus on the characteristics and needs of his electorate.
He said he would work to get a 24-hour police station in his area after hearing from residents who were too afraid to walk outside their homes.
"The situation is getting out of control," he said.
As the member of an electorate devastated during the 2011 floods, the MP acknowledged there was "unfinished business" in relation to the natural disaster response.
"We will make sure we deal with that in a timely manner," he said.
With two councils under the umbrella of Ipswich West, Mr Choat said he looked forward to forging a strong relationship with the local mayors.
Not neglecting his neighbouring members, Mr Choat also said he hoped surrounding state electorates could share in the development of the western corridor.
The father of three managed to maintain his composure throughout his maiden speech until he paid an emotional tribute to his wife.
Mr Choat's voice began to waver as he described how blessed he was to have wife, Nicola, in his life.
The long-time local concluded his maiden speech with a promise to work hard to deliver a voice to the people of Ipswich West.