A powerful new advocacy group has been launched ahead of the Queensland State Election on 31 October.
The Ipswich Leaders Alliance (ILA), chaired by Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding, met in Ipswich (Friday 7 August) to discuss the city’s advocacy strategy.
“The ILA is a collaborative and strategic approach to State and Federal Government advocacy – with council and city leaders uniting to represent the needs of our diverse community,” Mayor Harding said.
“ILA will ensure our city is front of mind for all party leaders and their candidates and that we start to get our fair share.
“We need the State Government and our local members to step-up and support our city’s growth with proper planning and investment in catalytic infrastructure and policies that work for our communities.”
Mayor Harding said there had been tremendous support from local leaders and the newly-formed alliance would make a huge push on behalf of Ipswich in the lead-up to the State Election.
She said the ILA will work across the three levels of government to secure real outcomes for the city’s future.
ILA participants include heads of industry and academia from across Ipswich, uniting to form a powerful voice to government on behalf of the city over the next 12 weeks.
They were given a tour today of council’s $250 million Nicholas Street redevelopment and heard from the mayor about plans to put state politicians on notice during their election campaigns.
Through a coordinated effort, the alliance will seek meetings with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, as well as the region’s four incumbent Labor MPs and potential candidates in advance of the election.
“The ILA is comprised of city leaders from across industry sectors. It recognises that as Ipswich continues to grow, it will need a mix of infrastructure, investment and policy settings to reach its potential,” Mayor Harding said.
“We met today to discuss our advocacy strategy ahead of the 2020 State Election.”
Mayor Harding said the group will advocate for crucial projects such as I2S, the Ipswich Central to Springfield Central public transport corridor – a designated 25km public transport corridor that connects the two centres via Ipswich’s key growth region through Ripley and Redbank Plains.
“Ipswich is the fastest-growing region in Queensland, with an annual population growth rate of 4.1 per cent – that’s approximately 3 per cent above the state and national averages,” she said.
“Ipswich is a city of opportunities and connectivity through this corridor will ensure we become the most liveable and productive region in Queensland.
“With approximately 70 per cent of the population growth in Ipswich occurring in the region between Ipswich and Springfield, this public transport corridor will help to ensure that the people of Ipswich keep our great lifestyles as the region grows and continued access to jobs and vital services.”
Mayor Harding said $2.5 million in funding is required to progress the next phase of planning and explore various options.
The ILA is also expected to discuss support for projects such as the second Bremer River crossing (Norman St bridge) and the North Ipswich Reserve Sports and Entertainment Precinct, as well as how to achieve better waste outcomes on behalf of the city.
About Ipswich Leaders Alliance
The Ipswich Leaders Alliance (ILA) is an apolitical collective of leading peak representative bodies and business leaders who are dedicated to ensuring local needs are genuinely understood and met.
The ILA will be advocating for game-changing infrastructure, major policy reforms and localised projects that will ensure our city continues to go from strength to strength this next decade and beyond.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding
Philip Bell Ipswich Chamber of Commerce
Neil Coupland Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Roger Gorrell Regional Development Australia
John Cole University of Southern Queensland
Jo Sheppard University of Southern Queensland
James Sturges Ipswich Hospital Foundation
Stephen Tait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Qld
Sam Burgess Urban Developers Institute of Australia
Chris Mountford Property Council Australia
Raynuha Sinnathamby Springfield City Group
Taku Hashimoto Sekisui House
Daniel Brekan Goodman
Andrew Sanderson TAE Aerospace
Claire Thurwood Ramsey Health
Steve Greenwood Queensland Futures Institute