Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale

Mine cash to nourish our minds

MINES to minds - Premier Anna Bligh says she wants to feed the minds of Queenslanders with the proceeds of the state's mining boom.

The Premier yesterday presented the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) 2011 State of the State address.

She outlined the opportunities and challenges for Queensland business and the state's economy and took the opportunity to list her achievements after four years and a day in office and her plans for the future.

Ms Bligh said Queensland's mining boom should be used to grow a highly educated, highly skilled workforce well into the future.

"What that means is taking the wealth from the ground and giving it to our children and we can do this effectively by investing in their minds.

"If we want to do this we have to transfer the wealth from our mines into the minds of our children."

She said the Government would grow the investment in education, training and research at all levels.

Meanwhile Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale stole the show with a whirlwind speech at the end of the CEDA luncheon.

"I've been given five minutes to draw the raffle, talk about Ipswich and thank everyone. Here goes," the Mayor said.

"We're on track. We're on top of the state for population growth - 5 per cent - we love growth.

"Have a look at the industrial land compared to the rest of the state - 43 per cent - we love industrial land.

"Look at the increasing valuations, if you love to make a profit, come to Ipswich; if you don't go somewhere else.

"We've got the largest Coles in Queensland to replace the one that flooded.

"Where's the first Masters store in Queensland? Ipswich."

To round out, he rattled off a list of Ipswich achievements much to the amusement of the 500-strong audience.

"Ripley Valley - the smart valley, Sekesui House and Stocklands and all the developers, Swanbank Enterprise Park with Holcim, New Hope Coal - they're actually registered in Ipswich - they're bigger than Qantas, bigger than Bendigo Bank, they're bigger than anybody you can find."

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