Ipswich to Springfield Central Public Transport Corridor leads council’s election hit list

18 March 2022

The Ipswich to Springfield Central Public Transport Corridor (I2S) tops a list of critical infrastructure projects that will form Ipswich City Council’s hit list in the lead up to the Federal Election.

Council will advocate for a list of road, public transport, sporting and community projects needed to support the current and future population of Queensland’s fastest growing city.

Launching council’s election campaign, Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said council seeks commitments from all candidates to ensure the future liveability and prosperity of the City of Ipswich.

“Ipswich is the epicentre of residential growth for Queensland. Our city is seeking significant investment, particularly in transport infrastructure, to meet this demand,” Mayor Harding said.

“In the lead up to this Federal Election, council will be particularly focused on securing an investment from the future Commonwealth Government for the I2S project.

“Seventy percent of the region’s growth is taking place along the I2S corridor, making it one of our highest priority projects to keep Ipswich moving.

“Council has led I2S from day one, having already delivered a strategic assessment for the project. We are now looking to the Commonwealth to join us on our journey.”

Ipswich City Council is advocating for the following commitments:

  • $10 million towards the Ipswich to Springfield Central Public Transport Corridor Options Analysis and Detailed Business Case to ensure this project is shovel-ready,
  • $2.5 million for an Ipswich Central Second River Crossing (Norman Street Bridge) business case,
  • Unlocking 6,000 FTE jobs in the future Ebenezer Regional Industrial Area by delivering critical trunk infrastructure and the Ebenezer Intermodal Terminal,
  • $2.5 million towards the North Ipswich Sport and Entertainment Precinct investigations,
  • A commitment to review and reform waste and resource recovery policy and infrastructure and deliver a waste industry transformation plan, and
  • A commitment to upgrading our critical road network to improve safety and reduce travel times across the Cunningham, Warrego and Centenary highways and the Ripley PDA.

Mayor Harding said more than 6,000 people per year were discovering the secret of Ipswich – the services and amenities of a big city but with more favourable living costs. By 2041, Ipswich will be a city of more than half a million people.

“Now is the chance to get our infrastructure right as we double our population. Council is asking our local candidates to work with us, and back our vision to deliver a secure and bright future for Ipswich,” Mayor Harding said.

“Collaboration on these priority projects is an integral driver of success for the Ipswich region and I look forward to working with the next Federal Government as Ipswich grows into its potential.”