Councillor overturns decision to rename assets after disgraced former mayor

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Councillor overturns decision to rename assets after disgraced former mayor

An Ipswich councillor who previously served as the disgraced former mayor Paul Pisasale'sPisasale's deputy has been successful in a bid to overturn a council move to rename assets named after Pisasle and his family.

In December of last year, Ipswich City Council decided to remove the name from Paul Pisasle Bridge in Springfield and Pisasale Drive in Yamanto and conduct community consultation to find new ones.

A council meeting was set to decide on a new name for the assets, but instead of Division 2 councillor Paul Tully moved to leave the names as they are.

Four councillors voted in support of his motion and four against it.

Pisasale is serving time in prison after pleading guilty to more than 30 offences including sexual assault, official corruption and fraud.

"I take this opportunity as an opportunity to make a decision once and for all," Tully said.

We're more than two years into this term of office and this matter is still around. The councillor was questioned about how leaving the assets would comply with the naming procedure, given that its namesake is a convicted criminal.

The procedure does not bind councillors at a council meeting, so the council has the right to name anything it wants.

The previous council told her to name the bridge after Pisasle, according to the mayor Theresa Harding.