Ipswich extends invite to Obama
IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has invited US President Barack Obama to come to Ipswich during his Australian visit.
The mayor this week delivered a letter to United States Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich inviting President Obama to Ipswich during his planned visit in November.
"I am delighted to hear that President Obama is visiting Australia on November 24 as part of the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS defence alliance between our two countries," Cr Pisasale wrote.
"As Mayor of the City of Ipswich in Queensland I should like to take this opportunity to join our Premier Anna Bligh in inviting the President to visit Ipswich thereby giving a message of hope to the city's flood victims from January."
He also invited the President to pay his respects at Ipswich's Manson Park Memorial to commemorate VP Day.
"The City of Ipswich also houses Australia's largest strategic air base, RAAF Base Amberley, which is home to the American-built Super Hornet and C-17 Globemaster heavy lift transport aircraft," he wrote.
"To mark this special visit, it is my pleasure to invite President Obama to plant a USA-Australia friendship tree in Robelle Domain, Springfield, Ipswich, the city's newest and one of its most prestigious parks."