23 May 2022
A change in Federal Government at the weekend has brought new opportunities for Ipswich, with successful local candidates committing to deliver major projects for the city.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding congratulated the Australian Labor Party’s Milton Dick and Shayne Neumann on being re-elected to Oxley and Blair respectively at Saturday’s Federal Election and welcomed the election of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
“The Ipswich region will benefit from the significant commitments from the two local MPs and the new Albanese Government, including significant pledges towards Council’s priority projects,” Mayor Harding said.
“We have enjoyed excellent working relationships in previous terms with both Milton Dick and Shayne Neumann, and they’ve both committed to delivering for the Ipswich community.
“I had the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese last year about what Ipswich needs, and I’m looking forward to working with both Shayne and Milton as members of the new government to deliver for the city.”
In the lead-up to this election, the ALP committed $20 million to make the North Ipswich Reserve NRL-ready as part of council plans to develop a boutique 12,500-seat stadium, committed $2 million towards the Ipswich to Springfield Central (I2S) Public Transport Corridor business case and $10 million for Ipswich Motorway planning, which will benefit commuters in Blair, among a significant range of local commitments.
“This is an exciting time for the city, with significant commitments to important local projects now a step closer to delivery,” Mayor Harding said.
“These priorities will make sure the people of Ipswich are healthy, productive and empowered, and most importantly, help them reduce their cost of living, work locally, and make sure they get home safely to their families at the end of the day,”
Mayor Harding joined Mr Neumann and the nation’s newest Treasurer Jim Chalmers at North Ipswich Reserve in early April when the ALP pledged $20 million to the project.
The North Ipswich Sport and Entertainment Precinct was one of six asks on council’s federal election wish list, seeking $2.5 million to complete a detailed business case for the precinct.
“North Ipswich Reserve has been in desperate need of significant improvements to its existing lighting, grandstand and change facilities to make it a quality piece of community infrastructure,” Mayor Harding said.
“Not only will this commitment allow for the completion of a detailed business case to bring this project to life but provide much-needed immediate improvements to the current facilities.”
Mayor Harding said Ipswich is the fastest growing city in Queensland and will welcome an additional 330,000 people over the next 20 years and, as such, council will continue to push Canberra for additional funding on all its priority projects.
“We will continue to advocate for Ipswich with a list of road, public transport, sporting and community projects needed to support our fast-growing city,” Mayor Harding said.
Ipswich had already secured a $10 million tripartite commitment for the Ipswich to Springfield Central public transport corridor (I2S) as part of the SEQ City Deal signed in March 2022.
Commitments received from the Australian Labor Party ahead of Saturday’s election victory: