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Business Attraction and Investment

The City of Ipswich is a connected community, full of ideas, energy and innovation. Leading the way means embracing new ways of working, new ways of learning and new ways of living. Ipswich is open for business and actively encourages growth, investment and strategic repositioning.

Ipswich CBD redevelopment

Innovate, engage and activate are the design principles of the $150m Ipswich Mall redevelopment project. A new Council administration building, a new library, an open space hosting major public events, markets, artisans and food experiences will revitalise the city’s heart.

Ipswich Motorsport Park

The Park is a $170m planned redevelopment designed to create Queensland’s premier motorsport precinct. The motorsport industry generates close to $4bn nationally, with this investment anticipated to return over $700m in commercial and economic benefits to the local and state economy.

Master planned communities

  • Greater Springfield: interconnected pillars of health, education and information technology form the heart of Springfield. Public and private investment to the value of $13.6bn, including $1.2bn for a rail and transport hub, sees the development currently featuring a hospital, seven high schools, a university campus and major industry and shopping precincts.
  • Ripley Valley: this development will house a future population of 120,000, with the vision seeing the community developed as a series of distinctive neighbourhoods and mixed use villages with its own $1.5bn town centre and public transport infrastructure.

Tourism

More than two million people visit the City of Ipswich every year.  The city is alive with nature based recreation and adventure opportunities, and together with participation events, is building its popularity and reputation as a tourist destination.

Transport

  • Road network: Ipswich is strategically positioned at the nexus of six of the state’s largest and busiest roads with highway access direct to the Port of Brisbane and Brisbane Airport.
  • Rail network: currently in its feasibility and public consultation phase, the National Inland Rail project connecting Melbourne to Brisbane will have a freight port facility developed at Willowbank on a new line being built between Beaudesert and Rosewood.

Defence

  • RAAF: the base employs over 6,000 people and contributes over $300m annually to the Ipswich economy, a figure expected to grow to over half a billion dollars by 2020.

Service sector

  • Health: $64m in private investment is funding the construction of new facilities at St Andrews Hospital in the Ipswich health precinct, which will in turn attract new specialists and new healthcare professionals to the city.
  • Education: Ipswich has two campuses of a world-class university, quality private and public schools as well as a strong vocational education sector. Education is an export industry, but the city’s comparative advantage is a knowledge-intensive workforce focused on its key industries.