Former long-time Councillor David Pahlke says there is no where he’d rather be than in Rosewood, with its history and people captivating his time post life as an Ipswich Councillor.
“I transferred to Rosewood with my family in early 1985 from Julia Creek as Postmaster Rosewood,” Mr Pahlke said.
“I fell in love with this little country town immediately, it reminded me so much of Beenleigh in the 1960s where I grew up when it also just a little country town.
“As the local Postmaster I got to know just about everyone and became involved with the local Chamber of Commerce.
“I was elected to the Moreton Shire Council in 1991 and thence when we amalgamated with Ipswich City Council in 1995 I became an Ipswich City Councillor.
“For 28 years as an elected Local Councillor I represented the vast majority of the rural areas of Ipswich which became so special to me.
“From Karrabin and Walloon to Rosewood and Willowbank, I was well known for going into bat for rural issues.
“I co-owned the Rosewood Hotel from 2004 until this year and became very interested in the ghost stories of the hotel and the area.
“I am still deeply involved with my Rosewood community, and I love walking down the main street and saying hello to people, that is what a country rural township is all about.”
David is also the Convenor and Founder of The Rosewood History Group, which meets every two months.
“There is just so much history in this part of the world, the first railway line from Ipswich to Grandchester was built in 1865 and possibly the largest wooden church in the Southern Hemisphere is here too, St Brigid’s Catholic Church.
“Our local Indigenous history is also important and so little is known about it currently.
As for what is next for David, he says he isn’t looking to stand again as an Ipswich Councillor but is still seeking an apology over what he views as an unjust dismissal in 2018.
“I am 69 and feeling fine, and 70 is just over the hill but my future is to remain in my beloved town of Rosewood.”