Ipswich’s population has cracked the 210,000 mark.
Council’s Planning and Development Quarterly Activity Report for January-March 2018 confirms the city’s growth rate of almost 4 per cent annually.
Recent ABS figures revealed Ipswich as one of the fastest growing cities in Queensland and in the top 10 nationwide.
Planning, Development and Heritage Committee Chairman Cr David Morrison said as of 31 March, the population had increased to 210,205.
“That is about 1700 more than the last quarter, up from 208,490 on October-December 2017. Year to year, we have increased by 8,600 residents,” he said.
“Redbank Plains is again our fastest growing suburb, while Spring Mountain had the highest number of lots created and lots approved.”
Cr Morrison said other highlights from the quarter included 327 development applications lodged across Ipswich, an increase of 46 per cent over the last five years. There was also 10,685 sq/m of new non-residential building floor space which had created about 180 new jobs.
New developments during the March quarter added 41km of new roads and pathways and 21ha of new parks and open space, which was the equivalent of 40 football fields.
Cr Morrison said there were no signs of growth slowing in Ipswich in 2018.
“These figures show the city is still growing at a rate that most local government areas would be extremely envious of,” he said.
For more information, read the full report here.