Paul Pisasale explains his sudden resignation as mayor
PAUL Pisasale has resigned as mayor of Ipswich City Council from St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital.
Mr Pisasale said it was a very sad and emotional day for him.
"It's one - I've just finished with the doctor - that I understand is important in regards to not only the city but myself.
"My journey has been going for 26 years and I'm so proud a mayor that's been able to represent such a wonderful city.
"What I do love is the way the city has transformed and how children and our people are so proud to call Ipswich home.
"I love the city - I think it's one of the most exciting cities on earth.
"At this very moment we're being judged in the top seven intelligent cities in New York I was supposed to be there.
"At times like this you sort of think - as a person who's always had a lot to say to the media - you think to yourself where do you start.
"I want to thank St Andrews for looking after me and for allowing me to have a press conference here.
"Because I think it's important to get the information out there quickly before everyone starts to speculate.
"From my point of view I've got 10 great councillors and the city is in a good position.
"A city like Ipswich doesn't get to where it does by one person.
"I've got team Ipswich here.
"And team Ipswich in the city will progress and I look forward to continuing to help this great city.
"To my wife and family and I want say thanks.
"I was talking to the children and they said welcome back dad.
"It's one of those things you get so passionate about things.
"But after 25 years and not having a weekend off and not having a holiday, you get so engrossed in the job and the city, it does take its toll.
"In the last 48 hours I can tell you the hospital has been fantastic here.
"There's one thing I'm happy to say, the journey of Ipswich has just started.
I'm sure you'll see some of the progress and jobs that will be created.
"I've just had a phone call in regards to a major announcement, and I'm sure the acting mayor will take a lot of delight and telling everyone.
"This is about my announcement in regards to my position as mayor.
"I have resigned and Cr (Paul) Tully now - who has been a great colleague- I have been discussing this decision with Cr Tully over the last four week.
"I don't think he thought I was fair dinkum, but now he's knows I am fair dinkum and he knows that he has my loyalty and support along with the rest of the team of Ipswich.
"I don't think there's anything more to say, I've been told I need to get back, I will take a couple of questions."
He was asked about an investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland and smiled.
"The CCC that, as you know over the years I've cooperated wholeheartedly with the CCC and I intend to continue to do that."
When it was put to Mr Pisasale that the CCC was expected to release a statement to the press later today, he responded "I'll wait and see."
"I'm unaware of that."
When asked to elaborate on his health condition, he said he had been champion for multiple sclerosis and also suffered from the disease.
"It's a very tough disease and a lot of people get it.
"I've been able to set an example and in dealing with multiple sclerosis and sometimes you think you're bullet proof.
"I think that's probably the biggest decision I've made.
"Because when multiple sclerosis starts affecting your judgement and ability to your job 100% it's time to look after it.
"And I've had an MS attack and it does affect me at the moment.
"The attack started about a week and half ago.
"I went to the doctor and they hospitalised me."
He said to the people of Ipswich: "I'm not going anywhere."
Statement by Cr Paul Tully
Media: "What do you know about the (Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland) investigation?"
Cr Tully: "Only to the extent that today is principally about Paul's health.
"There are other issues that the media is speculating on. I heard his conference where it was said that there may be a CCC statement today.
"I think that's a matter that doesn't reflect on the corporation, on the council.
"It's a matter that may or may not involve Paul Pisasale and may involve other people as well.
"There's no indication whatsoever, that there's any other involvement broader than what's been indicated by the media earlier this morning.
"I've heard little bits and pieces. I'm not privy to any of the details.
"I guess that'll be up to the media to analyse any statement by the CCC.
"I'm not aware that there are any allegation against the mayor, any claim of wrongdoing, that it's a fact finding and information gathering exercise at the moment.
"I understand that is quite separate from Op Belcarra that was looking principally at election issues."
Media: "(The Queensland Times) is reporting police attended the office?"
Cr Tully: "Yes I can confirm that. There were officers from the CCC including police officers working for the CCC who were there from the afternoon.
"His health had taken a turn for the worse a few weeks ago, had been to the doctor in the past few days. He checked in at about 4 o'clock.
Media: "Did police talk to anyone else, did they talk to you?"
Cr Tully: "No they haven't spoken to me. They had a search warrant and they were looking for particular material in relation to an investigation which may or may not directly involve the mayor.
"The speculation needs to be careful in the sense that in any kind of investigation, people may be witnesses or have information."