The Jobs And Infrastructure Boom Driving The Ipswich Economy
Over the last decade Ipswich has emerged as one of the fastest growing local government areas in the country with billions of dollars of investment by government and the private sector.
These investments have created a massive jobs boom that has seen Ipswich outperform the Queensland average for new jobs created every year for the last 10 years. There were more than 4,500 jobs created in the city in the year to June 2018* with another 18,200 due by 2023.
While the last 10 years has seen the city emerge from Brisbane’s shadow, the story is far from over with dozens of new projects underway or slated for construction.
The upcoming completion of Providence’s $120 million education precinct is just one example of the major investment in the region that is attracting families and creating thousands of jobs. Across the region there are dozens of job generating projects on the go, including;
Providence Town Centre
Offering retail, dining, health and education precincts, commercial, specialty services, entertainment and residential the Providence Town Centre will be the beating heart of the Providence masterplanned township. Commencement works for an ‘Activation Stage’ of the town centre are proposed to start in 2020.
RAAF Base Amberley
A $1.3 billion expansion of the RAAF Base Amberley is nearing completion with the C-17A maintenance facility due to come to an end before Christmas. It is one of 10 different projects due to unfold at the base by 2021. Amberley is the RAAF’s largest base and employs over 7,500 people.
Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence
Some of the world's best military vehicles will be built and exported from Ipswich's $170million Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) as part of a $5 billion contract awarded to Rheinmetall Defence Australia. Construction at the site of the new facility at Redbank Plains now has 240 trade workers on-site and has awarded trade packages to 60 South East Queensland businesses worth more than $100 million.
Brisbane Lions Stadium
A development application has been lodged for a Special Development Area to accommodate a new stadium and supporting facilities and activities for the Brisbane Lions Club and AFLW team. The new stadium at Springfield Central will have a capacity of 10,000 and is expected to start construction next year. Almost 1,000 jobs will be created during construction.
Ripley Town Centre
The $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre will deliver an unmatched level of convenience, culture and connectedness offering retail, dining, healthcare and education, commercial, specialty services, entertainment, destination parklands, and a proposed state-of-the-art transit centre. Even better, the large-scale project will create in excess of 20,000 new jobs for the local area.
Ipswich Hospital Redevelopment
About 500 construction workers will get to work next year on the $124 million Ipswich Hospital redevelopment, designed to accommodate the region's swelling population and reduce the amount of people having to travel elsewhere to access care. The redevelopment will include a major new mental health facility and new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Suite.
Ipswich CBD Redevelopment
Ipswich City Council recently announced Hutchinson Builders as the preferred tenderer to construct a new council building, library (pictured above) and civic plaza at the end of Nicholas St in the Ipswich CBD. The $140 million contract, when formally awarded, will be the biggest in the history of the Ipswich City Council. Nicholas St roadworks are set for completion by Easter next year, the new library is expected to be open by mid-2020 and the council administration centre by mid-2021.
Supermarket giant is currently building their new distribution centre for Queensland on the former rail workshops site at Redbank. The new centre is part of $950 million investment by Coles which will be split between the Redbank facility and one in Sydney. About 500 jobs will come with the centre in 2020.
Willowbank Industrial Development
Covering 560 hectares, the $73.7 million Willowbank Industrial Precinct will unleash a massive tract of land for industrial and commercial development. The State Government is currently undertaking preliminary work for Stage 1 of the development. It is forecasted that Willowbank Stage One will deliver over 2,500 Full Time Equivalents jobs by 2035. The proposed inland rail route will run adjacent to the rear of the site.