HE QUOTED Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Ford after being sworn in as the 50th Ipswich mayor at a time the city hopes could be a turning point in its recent turbulent history.
10.42am on August 31, 2017 was a historic moment in the 157-year life of the city when Andrew Francis Antoniolli was inducted into the pantheon of Ipswich mayors by the council’s CEO Jim Lindsay.
When Mr Lindsay said “congratulations Mr Mayor” a packed council chambers broke into lengthy applause.
Cr Antoniolli alerted the audience he would likely get “misty” as he delivered a nine-minute speech.
He proved good to his word in what was clearly an emotional and proud moment for the 46-year-old born and bred Ipswich man in front of his extended family, friends, loyal supporters and fellow councillors and co-workers.
Cr Antoniolli said it was also a day to remember for his second-oldest daughter Alivia who was also promoted to be a senior hairdresser.
“So there are a couple of things to celebrate in the household today,” he said.
Cr Antoniolli’s wife Karina, the new mayoress, and four other daughters Brooke, Taylah, Sienna and Emason were all on hand to witness the swearing in with Alivia having work commitments.
“It is a bit surreal but extremely humbling to be elected the mayor of the city of Ipswich…because in many respects it is the will of the people that they have chosen somebody to represent them in the years ahead,” Cr Antoniolli said.
“So here I stand, your mayor, willing to serve with humility and grace.”
Cr Antoniolli said the people had voted for change and that he would deliver.
“I want to assure each and every one of you here today that your message was…
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