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Sunshine Coast councillor, Chris Thompson, and his wife Jane, welcomed their fourth child and first son on December 2, weighing 3.8 kg. They have named him Matthew Ian, and Matthew arrived on his due date, at 7.50 pm after a brief labour, and shortly before his parents’ sixth wedding anniversary.

Matthew Thompson joins big sisters Seanna, aged 5; Ella, nearly 4; and Mary, aged 21 months. The girls are “smitten” with their “early Christmas present”, and keep “poking and prodding” their new brother. The Thompsons don’t plan on having any more children.

The Thompsons chose the name Matthew because they liked it, and Ian is Councillor Thompson’s father’s name. They considered Thomas, but didn’t like the idea of people calling him Tommy, and also Joseph – but having a Mary and a Joseph in one sibset didn’t seem feasible.

Chris Thompson has been a Councillor since 2004, and holds the portfolio of Financial Management and Business Unit Performance.

(Story and photo from Sunshine Coast Daily, December 8 2011)