MAYOR Paul Pisasale is ready to rumble with Gary Duffy after blitzing his arch-critic in one of the sweetest victories of his career.
But the bitter campaign waged against him by Mr Duffy will be turned back in Mr Duffy's face with legal action set to be unleashed.
Mr Duffy can expect a blizzard of documents to descend upon him any time soon, and the QT understands that Cr Pisasale won't be the only one issuing writs.
Cr Pisasale polled over 84% of the counted vote with Mr Duffy and Peter Luxton sharing the rest.
Cr Pisasale was in a feisty mood as he celebrated his victory at the Ipswich Turf Club.
"It is unbelievable to see the business community here coming out to support me," he said
"But it is even better to see the Ipswich people come out to support me after 15 months of investigation, innuendo and absolute lies.
"I have sat back and tolerated it, but no more. The people of Ipswich have spoken and there are going to be some changes, starting Monday.
"We have been working hard for 12 years and the pride is up, we have created jobs and we have plenty of projects to complete.
"But this election has not been about projects.
"It was about vested interests who wanted to conduct a smear campaign with grubby tactics to try and take over the city. They know who they are.
"But the people of Ipswich have given these Facebook warriors a clear message...go back in your hole or leave. The people of Ipswich have shown confidence in their leader at this election."
Mr Duffy did not return calls from the QT.
Cr Pisasale paid tribute to his campaign manager, daughter Lisa Pisasale, and to his many helpers and volunteers.
"Lisa has been magnificent. She has done a wonderful job," he said.
"To people like Ben Hayward, I thank you. Ben took two weeks off his holidays to support me.
"He kept me sane over the last 15 months.
"I want to say thank you to the volunteers who believed in me and gave out pamphlets in the hot sun. It is a very humbling experience to have that kind of support."
Cr Pisasale said he was looking forward to working with his new council team with Kerry Silver, Kylie Stoneman and Wayne Wendt the new representatives in Division 3, 4 and 5 respectively. Division 9 was still in the balance last night.
"I will mould a team to take this city forward because that is my job," Cr Pisasale said.
Cr Pisasale has grand plans ahead for his next term, including the completion of the CBD revitalisation project, the construction of a lagoon in the city's heart and the conversion of the Woollen Mills at North Ipswich into a cultural centre and arts hub.