10 August 2021
Ipswich’s population has grown to 234,614 with 1,684 new residents moving to Ipswich in the second quarter of this year, according to council’s latest quarterly planning and development snapshot from 1 April to 30 June 2021.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the results are a vote of confidence in the city’s affordability and lifestyle offerings.
“Jobs, access to excellent health services, schools, and entertainment make Ipswich a very attractive region and are some of the reasons we’re the fasting growing city in Queensland,” Mayor Harding said.
“Our population growth of 1,684 residents this quarter is a 3 percent rise since this time last year.
“Ipswich is set to welcome another 325,000 residents by 2041, and residents will expect to see more investment in transport and social infrastructure to keeping Ipswich liveable.
“These figures highlight the urgent need get building on projects like the Ipswich to Springfield Central Public Transport Corridor (I2S), and to make sure planning is far advanced on things like schools, road and water infrastructure, as well as healthcare, police and fire stations.
“My fellow Councillors and I have dire concerns about the state of planning for even the most basic amenities, and there needs to be urgent action to get on top of the planning challenges now, before it’s too late.”
A total of 568 new dwellings were built in Ipswich during the last quarter, a 533 percent jump from the first quarter of the year but a 10 per cent decrease on the same time last year, as COVID-driven building services and supplies shortages hit.
In this past quarter, 462 lots were created and 455 lots approved for future growth which is a four percent growth on lots created from this time last year and 188 per cent growth on lots approved since the second quarter of 2020.
Spring Mountain has added the most new homes with 123 being built and a total of 361 residents moving into the suburb.
Ripley had the second largest population boost with 355 residents moving into the suburb with 114 homes built.
Deebing Heights had growth of 237 people and 72 homes followed by Bellbird Park with 140 residents moving in and 46 new homes.
Collingwood Park and Springfield tied for fifth place with 34 residents moving into both suburbs.
Infrastructure was also delivered in Ipswich with 3.8 kilometres of additional local roads and 5.38 kilometres of pathways and bikeways completed.