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Have your say on future locations of Ipswich infrastructure

Does your suburb need a new park or a new community centre to respond to population growth?

Ipswich residents are being urged to have their say on where the city’s future trunk roads, parks and community facilities will be located under a draft new Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP).

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the Local Government Infrastructure Plan sets out when and how council will establish new trunk roads, public parks and land for community facilities across the local government area over the next 25 years.

“Our city is growing at an incredibly rapid rate, and to ensure we have all the infrastructure our residents expect and need, we have to forecast carefully where and how we will build new roads, parks and other infrastructure,” Mayor Harding said.

“This Local Government Infrastructure Plan details our predicted annual population growth of 3.3 per cent annually, which will see us become home to more than 533,000 residents by 2046.

“This plan includes hundreds of future projects worth more than an estimated $3 billion in transport, parks and land for community facilities projects, planned until 2046.

“Now it’s the community’s time to share their thoughts on how Ipswich will grow, and where we will need the major infrastructure to sustain such a population.

“Residents can visit Shape Your Ipswich until 25 July to tell us what they think about this plan.”

Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Deputy Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said the new LGIP was one of the first prepared for a south-east Queensland post-COVID, and one of the first to factor in the rapidly rising costs of construction and supply.

“While the LGIP details our future trunk roads, public parks and land for community facilities, it also modelled increased public transport networks and use over time,” Cr Tully said.

“Public transport is primarily a State Government responsibility, however council took into account its critical role in servicing local residents to better understand our future infrastructure needs.

“Residents can tell council how they move about their city, what facilities they enjoy and would like to use, and that will help us and future councils plan our growth well into the future.”

The Local Government Infrastructure Plan is open to submissions on Shape Your Ipswich until 25 July.

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