Ipswich City Council

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Ipswich City Council


As Queensland’s oldest provincial city, Ipswich has a rich history. It is renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Ipswich proudly preserves and still operates from many of its historical buildings and homes, with more than 6,000 heritage-listed sites. Ipswich also has a range of charming townships within the western rural areas of the city, each with its own legitimate claims of historical significance.

Ipswich is an exciting place to live, work, invest and visit. Education plays an important role in the local economy with two universities and a wide choice of private and state government schools.

Ipswich offers all the modern facilities and attractions of a progressive city. Attractions include the Ipswich Art Gallery, the Workshops Rail Museum, steam trains, wineries, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, shopping centres and more than 500 parks.

Ipswich is alive and leading the way in tourism, sport, industry, technology, education and residential development.

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Acting Mayor Wayne Wendt

Acting Mayor Wayne Wendt

Councillor Wendt was elected to the Ipswich City Council as the representative for Division 5 on 19 March 2016, and currently has the role of Acting Mayor.

He commenced employment with Queensland Rail in 1978 at the North Ipswich Railway Workshops.  Subsequent to this he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting and eventually operated a successful accounting practice.

In 2006 he was elected as the Member for Ipswich West in the Queensland Parliament and served until 2012.  After this he took up the position of CEO with the Ipswich Jets Rugby League Club which saw him involved in bringing the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership, Intrust Super Cup Premiership and NRL State Championship trophies to Ipswich in 2015.

Councillor Wendt has a strong background in meeting the needs of the people within the area he represents.  As part of his Council responsibilities, he has been appointed as Chair of Council’s City Management and Finance Committee, and is also the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Councillor Wendt and his wife Diane have lived in Ipswich all their lives, and have raised two children, Katie and Michael.  The whole family is committed to the future of Ipswich, all working in responsible jobs within the Ipswich community.