THE final planning report for 2017 has proven Ipswich’s population growth and development is on track to continue for years to come.
According to the Ipswich City Council’s September Quarter Development Activity Report, the population grew by 2340 people, bringing the total to 206,344 in the Local Government Area.
The increase is an equivalent annual population growth rate of 4.59 percent.
The report notes Redbank Plains was again the fastest growing suburb.
Spring Mountain had the highest number of new lots created and Collingwood Park recorded the highest number of new lots approved.
About 21,271sqm of new, non-residential building floor space was approved with the ability to accommodate 393 new jobs.
The Ipswich City Council recorded 365 development applications and 870 plumbing applications lodged in the past quarter.
Local Government officers were kept busy, with 3384 building and plumbing inspections undertaken.
Planning Committee chairman Cr David Morrison said it was a brilliant end to a year of huge growth for the city.
“It’s not just residential growth, it’s economic growth as well,” he said.
Cr Morrison said the eastern end of the region was leading the positive trend.
“The city is sitting in a very good position going into 2018,” he said.
“There seems to be a hum of confidence out there in the community.
“When you’ve got big anchor companies investing in the area people sit up and take notice.”
The committee chair said the council’s economic officers were attempting to lure business and residential growth to the region.
“I get comments all the time our planning staff are friendly to deal with,” he said.
“You’ve got the whole growth of Southeast Queensland that we’re a part of.
“If anyone is looking to build or invest in the city our planners and engineers will sit down with them for free.”
Division six councillor Cheryl Bromage said the Ipswich City Council would continue to be on the front foot when planning for the growth of the city.
She said considerable work had been done across Ipswich as the region readied for the population to double in the next few decades.
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Seven figure sales show Ipswich is a property gold mine
MANY Ipswich residents may not realise they are sitting on a property gold mine, with two homes snatching seven figures in the past few months.
A home in Waghorn St in Woodend sold in November for $1.09 million, while just up the road a home in Burnett St sold for $1.11 million this month.
June Frank from Walkers Real Estate believes it is further proof that Ipswich is becoming a destination for home buyers looking for value in their investment.
“The replacement value alone along with the huge block means that they represented great value for money,” Ms Frank, who handled both sales, said.
“If you’d have bought that house in Waghorn St and done all the work that the owners had done over the last 20 years in a short time you’d be looking at a sale price of $1.8 million to get your money back.
“I’m finding families from Brisbane all the time at open homes. You go to the northside of Brisbane and for $700,000 you’re lucky to get a two or three-bedroom home, but here you can buy a palace for $500,000 on a big block.”
Local agent and Real Estate Institute of Queensland representative Darren Boettcher believes the fact Ipswich now has million dollar homes it will drive the prices up from the bottom, not the top down.
“A few years ago you could pick up a property for under $100,000,” Mr Boettcher said.
“Then it crept up to $150,000 and I think 18 months from now you won’t get anything in Ipswich for under $250,000 the way things are going. While the average price in Ipswich is now $320,000, it really is a seller’s market.”
“Things are moving up in Ipswich. When I got into this business in 1991, there were two sales people and we had 135 listings. Today we have 135 buyers and one listing, that’s how things are now. There just aren’t enough houses for sale in Ipswich. The population growth and infrastructure has changed things. Eastern Heights for example has gone up 30 per cent in five years.”
Parts of Ipswich CBD closed to make way for demolition
PARTS of the Ipswich CBD will be closed to traffic during the day time for the next three months from this week.
Police will block off one lane of Bremer St between Olga St and Ellenborough St and Mansfield Place between East St and Bremer St as heavy equipment move in to continue the Ipswich CBD demolition.
The road closures will be now until July 9 between 9am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am and 5pm on weekends.
The road closures coincide with the latest phase of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment which includes builders removing the former 30-minute car park, former Woolworths supermarket and adjoining tenancies.
Work started this week on the roof, facade, remaining walls and frames of the building.
The wrecking ball and dozers moved into the derelict site mid last year, demolishing what used to be the heart of the city, ready for a fresh new look to begin evolving in 2018.
Ipswich City Properties Chairman Councillor Paul Tully said visitors to the mall would have noticed the crane removing large concrete panels.
While the entry to P3 of the car park will be closed for a short time during this phase of construction, motorists can still enter the car park via P5 and drive up to P3. There will be no reduction in car parking spaces during this time with all parking remaining available on levels 3, 4, 5 and 6.
To enter the car park via P5, turn into Ellenborough St, turn right onto Bremer Street at the Riverheart Parkland entry and then veer right on the slip road to enter P5.
Defence contract the best thing for Ipswich since rail began in 1865: Mayor
Ipswich mayor Andrew Antoniolli inside a Rheinmetall Boxer armoured vehicle. Photo: supplied.
- Plans for the Redbank Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence have already been lodged with Ipswich City Council.
- The initial plan is to build 211 new generation armoured personnel carriers for the Australian Army, but the facilities could cover additional vehicles.
- Rheinmetall at the end of 2017 began talks with Bluescope Steel to be a suppliers of Australian steel for the vehicles which will run off the production line from 2020.
The decision to award a $5 billion contract for 211 high-tech armoured vehicles in Queensland means a new multimillion-dollar Centre of Excellence at Redbank and defence jobs for 40 years.
Ipswich mayor Andrew Antionolli said the decision was the biggest news for Ipswich since Queensland Rail came to town.
Queensland’s first train line was built from Grandchester to Ipswich in 1865, kickstarting the Ipswich railway workshops that employed thousands of people until they closed last decade.
Cr Antoniolli said the Defence contract announced on Wednesday would create more than 330 permanent jobs from the outset, build significant opportunities for local businesses and provide associated work with ongoing delivery and maintenance of the vehicles.
“This is huge for Ipswich, make no mistake,” he said.
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