Hundreds of new Ipswich homes added this quarter

03 November 2023

Ipswich has welcomed more than 2,107 new residents and added 773 new homes in the July to September quarter, as emerging suburbs are unlocked.

Ipswich City Council Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Mayor Teresa Harding said the latest council planning and regulatory quarterly report card revealed just how rapidly Ipswich is expanding.

“The population growth represents opportunity for more jobs, economic growth and investment, and we now have plans in place to grow sustainably,” Mayor Harding said.

“In this quarter, Council approved an incredible 1,164 new lots and oversaw the creation of a further 913 lots for sale.

“Ripley, Redbank Plains and Spring Mountain remain some of our fastest-growing suburbs, with Ripley alone welcoming 364 new residents and 117 new homes.

“New development White Rock makes its first appearance in the top five fastest-growing areas in Ipswich, welcoming 51 new homes and 160 new residents in the past three months. It’s exciting to see so many new residents moving to Ipswich.

“Ipswich is facing immense population growth in the coming years, and the State Government’s draft update to the South East Queensland Regional Plan, Shaping SEQ 2023, reveals just how quickly we are expected to grow.

“While council is currently approving an average 50 homes per week, the State Government’s growth targets expect us to take on 100 homes per week.

“Without equally rapid and meaningful investment from the State Government in Ipswich’s public transport infrastructure and road network, these new suburbs risk being left behind.”

Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Deputy Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said council had seen an increase in the number of development applications determined in the quarter.

“Council officers assessed and determined 326 development applications in the quarter, up 4.5 per cent from the June quarter,” Cr Tully said.

“Across the board, our growth and development is increasing, with more new residents, more lots created, more new dwellings and more lots approved in the July-September quarter compared to the April-June quarter.

“This quarter, council also added more than 7 kilometres of new pathways and bikeways, 4.3 kilometres of new local roads, and a further hectare of new local parks.

“Our total population has jumped to 250,706 and Ipswich now has a total of 91,268 dwellings.

“Our city’s growth is increasing, and this growth only emphasises the urgent need for the State Government to work with us on delivering the much-needed critical infrastructure to support Ipswich into the future.”

The full Planning and Regulatory Services Quarterly Report card is available here.