10 October 2015
IN just a little over two years Ipswich's population has increased by 10,000 and a new milestone was reached this week with official recognition of the city's 190,000th resident.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Planning and Development Committee chairman Cr Paul Tully and local councillor Sheila Ireland officially welcomed Shae-Natasha Freeth as the city's 190,000th resident alongside partner Nirvan Soogrim at their new Redbank Plains home.
"Charting the population increases in Ipswich shows the number of residents reached 170,000 in September 2010, 180,000 in April 2013 and this month we can proudly welcome our 190,000th resident," Cr Pisasale said.
"The population figures show the city is defying trends elsewhere and continuing to grow at a strong rate.
"This solid rate of growth is positioning the city as the major regional centre serving the western corridor of South East Queensland now and into the future.
"Ipswich is punching above its weight where new housing is concerned. The future for Ipswich is looking very bright and it is something we can all be proud of," Cr Pisasale said.
Planning and Development chairman Cr Paul Tully said the master planned communities centred on Springfield Lakes and more recently new house and land packages released in Ripley Valley were major contributors to growth within the Ipswich local government area.
"Major new commercial and residential development continues to offer residents improved services and opportunities for employment during this period of sustained growth.
"Based on the current rate we can say around an extra 90 people are calling Ipswich home every week.
"The city is the fastest growing local government area in Queensland. Ipswich's population is predicted to reach 435,000 by the year 2031.
"Historically Ipswich outstripped the rest of South East Queensland between 2006 and 2011 with an increase of 19.6 per cent in only five years.
"In the 10 year period between 2004 and 2014 Ipswich recorded a strong increase of nearly 60,000," Cr Tully said.
Division 9 councillor Sheila Ireland said Redbank Plains had become a highly sought-after location, especially for young families and first home buyers.
"Excellent amenities, local shopping centres, a choice of private and public schools and sporting clubs.
"Redbank Plains is also close to a university, major shopping at Orion Springfield Central and a future Mater hospital.
"Ipswich warmly welcomes new residents and all they can offer to the community."