IT WAS a tremendous pleasure to welcome Robert Bell, co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in New York, to Ipswich earlier this month.
He was in Ipswich as part of the ICF's Intelligent Communities of 2017 awards.
The ICF is a global network of cities and regions which assists and recognises communities who are using information and communications technology to create inclusive and prosperous communities. Ipswich made the ICF's list of the world's Top 7 Intelligent Communities in February this year, putting it in the running to be chosen as the world's most intelligent community in June.
This is wonderful recognition of the work our city has done to embrace technology and prepare our community for the future.
Mr Bell toured Ipswich and learned about the many smart ways our city is embracing technology for positive change.
He got to see first-hand the work being done by local entrepreneurs at Fire Station 101, learned about our Smart City plan and how we will breathe new life into our CBD through redevelopment. Keep your fingers crossed for Ipswich to be named the world's top intelligent community. June is another busy month on the local events scene. It begins with the largest championship drag racing event held outside of North America, the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway from 8 to 11 June.
This year is extra special with it being the 50th running of the classic event and the 30th time the Winternationals has been held at Willowbank.
If you enjoy the roar of a finely tuned engine, the smell of race fuel and burnt rubber and the thrill of high octane action where fractions of a second make all the difference this is one for you.
June is also Ipswich Cup time, with the iconic race day on the 17th this year. This year's event features a new and exciting area, the Lazy Bear Beach Party alongside the improved 1866 on the Green and Home Turn Corporate areas.
The popular Fashions on the Field are back again and the after party will keep the fun going once the races stop.
Grab a group of friends and get along to our city's social event of the year, the Ipswich Cup.
Last but not least, it's been a busy time in council as we work to finalise the 2017/18 Budget, which will be released in coming weeks. Making sure Ipswich families get a fair deal is always front and centre when we prepare the budget, and this year has been no different.
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