Division 1 is the largest of the four divisions and amalgamates both rural and urban suburbs. The division covers a geographic catchment of 61,148 ha (611 km2) and is oriented in a west-east direction spanning from Grandchester and Mount Mort in the west to Redbank Plains and White Rock in the east.
The suburbs of Division 1 include Blackstone, Calvert, Deebing Heights, Ebenezer, Flinders View, Goolman, Grandchester, Jeebropilly, Lower Mount Walker, Mount Forbes, Mount Mort, Mount Walker West, Mutdapilly, Peak Crossing, Purga, Raceview, Redbank Plains, Ripley, South Ripley, Swanbank, White Rock, and Willowbank.
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Councillor Ireland is a proud fifth generation Ipswichian and part of the local Walker family who opened a coal mine in Ipswich in 1874. Educated at St Mary’s College; before coming to council she owned retail businesses in Ipswich City Square for 16 years. Cr Ireland has been on the boards of Apprenticeship Queensland and St Andrew’s Hospital, and chaired several committees during five previous terms on council between 2004–2018, most notably Health, Security and Regulatory Services.
Councillor Madsen has lived his entire life in Ipswich, moving between the suburbs of North Ipswich, Wulkuraka, Walloon, Silkstone and now Ripley. One of the younger councillors, Cr Madsen’s path to political life has been somewhat different, more recently being a stay-at-home dad with his five-year old son while finishing his degree. Cr Madsen graduated from university with a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts, having majored in political science and accounting. Cr Madsen is Chair, Governance and Transparency Committee; and Deputy Chair, Economic and Industry Development