Ipswich added six new homes on average per day and welcomed 6,228 new residents in the 12 months to 30 June 2023, according to the city’s latest annual growth snapshot.
The Ipswich City Council Planning and Regulatory Annual Report Card 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023 reveals the city continues to record strong growth.
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the latest figures showed the city was still growing rapidly and highlighted the need for infrastructure funding to match the growth.
“As well as 2,258 new homes, 2,481 new lots were created over 12 months with the suburbs of Ripley, Redbank Plains and Spring Mountain leading the city’s growth,” Mayor Harding said.
“More development applications were lodged in the past 12 months than the previous year – a total of 1,384, with council doing its bit to improve supply to the market with 1,340 applications determined.
“Ipswich welcomed 17 new residents a day and population trends show we are Queensland’s fastest growing city, but we need the infrastructure to support this growth.
“The city needs more State and Federal funding for important infrastructure like roads, sewerage and public transport, especially in our high-growth areas between Ipswich Central and Springfield.”
Ipswich’s current population is 247,000 people and it is expected to grow to 535,000 by 2046.
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Deputy Chairperson Paul Tully said council was balancing growth and green spaces through effective planning.
“2,481 new lots were created and council approved 2,112 lots which will help the housing crunch we are experiencing at the moment,” Cr Tully said.
“Ripley remains our fastest growing suburb with 458 new homes built and 1,390 new residents, with Redbank Plains, Spring Mountain, Collingwood Park and Springfield Lakes rounding out the top five.
“Importantly, the city added 16.65 hectares of local parks and 31.5 kilometres of new pathways and bikeways, helping residents activate more options for active transport and a healthier lifestyle in the great outdoors.”
To see the full Planning and Regulatory Services Annual Report, click here.