Tully to recontest next local election for 12th time running
THE MAGNIFICENT St George Dragons famously won 11 first grade rugby league premierships in a row.
But Cr Paul Tully is preparing to go one better as he aims to win a 12th consecutive council election on the trot.
The political dragon slayer is the first sitting councillor to formally announce he will recontest his seat at the local government election in March.
The secret to his success is not rocket science. It is basically '"meet the people, help the people".
"I enjoy working with people and helping residents, especially the battlers who sometimes have nowhere else to turn," he said.
"It can be very rewarding. Each day is different and every day is a different challenge."
This year, Cr Tully (pictured) chalked up 36 years on council to become the longest-serving councillor in the city's 155-year history.
He was the youngest person ever elected to the Ipswich City Council at the age of 27 and is currently Queensland's longest-serving city councillor.
Cr Tully, who represents Division 2 which includes Goodna and surrounding suburbs, was elected unopposed in 2012 after securing a record 87% of the vote in 2008.
Between them Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr Tully have 60 years of service to Ipswich in local government.
Cr Pisasale said he was looking forward to continuing the partnership.
"I've known Paul for 25 years and everything he does is for the benefit of this city," Cr Pisasale said.
"He is a Goodna boy. They say Goodna boys don't cry, but if he does he does it quietly because he is always fighting for his area.
"He is an intelligent person and while he always shows a brave front he does have a sensitive side.
"His knowledge in planning is unbelievable and he cares deeply about Goodna and the surrounding suburbs he represents.
"If there is an issue out there, Paul will fight for the community."
Cr Tully said his major successes over the past four decades were the completion of the sewering of Division 2, major park, road and community upgrades, implementation of the Safe City security camera network and stopping a state government radioactive waste dump coming to Redbank.
"My ongoing commitment to the residents of Division 2 has always been simple - to work hard for the 20,000 people in my division and provide honest, grassroots representation to everyone," he said.
Eclectic in his interests, Cr Tully is working on a book which is set to unveil the true identity of Jack the Ripper - a 127-year-old murder mystery which has never been solved.
He has also been a beekeeper for more than 50 years.
Cr Tully lives in Division 2 with his wife Liza and their two boys, John Paul and James.
He has been the chair of the council's powerful Planning and Development committee since 1995 and is chair of the council's Audit committee, a member of the Local Government Association's Audit and Compliance committee and member of the Ipswich Rivers Improvement Trust.
Cr Tully has a law degree from the University of Queensland and is a registered Commonwealth migration agent and national convenor of Australian Republicans for an Elected President.