We’re focused on planning, designing, delivering and maintaining key infrastructure to cater for Ipswich’s current and ever growing population.

Our capital works program reflect our community vision and priorities, ensuring we deliver a safe, inclusive and connected community that keeps our city growing and protects the environment we all value.

Council has developed a three year capital works program (PDF, 794.9 KB) for the 2023-2024 Budget and Long Term Financial Forecast.

There are hundreds of projects on the go each year, large and small. You can find out about our capital works program by searching in our interactive mapping system below.

Major Projects

Ipswich City Council implement projects that support the direction of the City Vision, strategies and Corporate Plan. These major projects are in place to strengthen the city’s economy, environment and improve services and facilities for our residents, businesses and visitors.


Ipswich City Council allocates funding each year to undertake various road related projects including ongoing maintenance activities. Works include road resurfacing, road rehabilitation, intersection upgrades, road upgrades, on road cycle facilities, local area traffic management and safety upgrades (such as addressing blackspots). These keep our roads safe and operational.

In addition to new work, Council maintains approximately 410,000 square metres of sealed roads within its boundary.

How are projects prioritised?

Road related projects are prioritised in various ways depending on the type of project. However some key considerations when prioritising projects include the road’s condition, the amount of traffic and types of vehicles using the road, the capacity of the current road, road hierarchy and safety.

Is my road a state or a council controlled road?

Not every road in Ipswich is controlled or maintained by Council. Some roads are controlled by the state government, which means that they are responsible for maintaining them.

Find out here if your road is state or council controlled.


Road related projects are also undertaken in alignment with Council’s City of Ipswich Transport Plan – iGO. The City of Ipswich Transport Plan (commonly called ‘iGO’) is Ipswich City Council’s masterplan for Ipswich’s transport future.

It responds to current and future transport challenges and outlines council’s aspirations to advance the city’s transport system to accommodate a future population of 435,000 people. iGO is a strategic long-term plan with a range of policy focus areas, network maps and actions.

Further details on iGO can be found: iGO

Shared Footpaths and Bikeways

Pedestrians and cyclists are using shared footpaths more and more often on their journeys, and we recognise the need to provide for this important infrastructure across our City.

Ipswich City Council maintain 1,184km of shared footpaths and bikeways. To improve the safety and amenity of the City’s footpaths and bikeways, Council allocates funds each year towards the construction of new footpaths and the renewal and maintenance of existing footpaths.

Council undertakes condition audits of the entire footpath network and carefully consider projects when footpaths need to be rehabilitated.

There are many new footpaths constructed across the City annually through development works, however for new footpath works constructed by Council the following considerations are made:

  • the pedestrian demand
  • the type of road
  • the footpath location relative to surrounding community facilities
  • the proximity to public transport

Time frames for new footpath projects may also be affected by factors such as major road projects or large scale developments throughout Ipswich.

As part of iGO, Council has adopted an Active Transport Action Plan that guides decision making on new footpaths across the City. Further details can be found at: iGO Active Transport Action Plan

Kerb and Channel

Kerb and channel is a concrete structure, typically located at the edge of a road. It is designed to provide road drainage and prevent water entering under the road surface, which helps council to maintain road condition and reduce the amount of potholes and road defects.

Kerb and channel also helps to alleviate stormwater drainage flows and can act as a barrier to prevent vehicles from leaving the road carriageway.

Each year, Ipswich City Council undertakes a number of kerb and channel projects.
There are two types:

  • New works – installing kerb and channel on streets that currently either have none or asphalt kerb; or
  • Rehabilitation – repair work to existing kerb and channel that is no longer functioning properly

Learn more about kerb and channel, including how Council prioritises its kerb and channel projects (PDF, 465.9 KB).


Council's stormwater drainage system is located within roads, open space areas and reserves and within some private properties. Stormwater is generally made up of  various infrastructure including pipes, pits, grates, kerb and channel,  culverts and headwalls.

Each year Council invests in improving local drainage across the City as well as undertaking ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation of existing stormwater assets.

Council often receive enquiries from residents about stormwater issues relating to their driveway, including requests for driveway maintenance. Driveways are a property owner’s responsibility and do not form part of council’s stormwater network.

Further details can be found here: Driveways

Bridges and Culverts

Ipswich City Council’s bridge and culvert network is extensive and is the result of a vast amount of investment over many generations to keep us connected and support our modern way of living.

Council continues its annual investment in its bridges and culverts and is committed to ensuring that the management of bridge and culvert infrastructure is undertaken in an economical and sustainable way. We undertake regular maintenance activities as well as bridge and culvert inspections to inform suitable investment decisions and keep these assets maintained to a high standard.

Local Parks

Ipswich City Council own and maintain over 550 parks across the City including recreational sporting fields, and conservation areas for local residents to enjoy.

This extensive network of parks is highly valued by the community and visitors. Council undertake a range of ongoing improvements to play grounds, walking trails and sporting field upgrades to ensure that Ipswich’s open space is enhanced for all to enjoy.

Developers also contribute to open spaces through development related new infrastructure including  upgrades, and provision of  parks in new estates for local residents to enjoy.

Learn more about local parks and reserves.


Council owns and maintains a wide and diverse range of facilities across the City. These include community centres, sport and recreation clubs, libraries and civic spaces. We have an annual program of work which includes the construction of new buildings and the upgrade or rehabilitation to existing council buildings.