City's growth hits milestone

IPSWICH'S status as a popular place to live, work and play has hit new heights, with the city's population sitting at 175,000.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said the city's 175,000th resident had selected Springfield Lakes for their new home.

"Population figures show Ipswich is growing at a rapid rate and this growth is positioning the city as the major regional centre servicing the western corridor," Cr Pisasale said.

"Ipswich reached 160,000 residents in July 2009 and 170,000 in the third quarter of 2010. Even with the financial market ups and downs following the GFC, Ipswich attracted a further 5000 new residents within a 12-month period. It is something we can all be proud of.

"That means every week an additional 100 people are calling Ipswich home."

Cr Tully said the recent announcement by the Urban Land Development Authority that nearby Ripley Valley would become one of three master planned developments to cater for the increased population growth in south-east Queensland guaranteed Ipswich a bright future.

"The city is already the fastest-growing local government area in Queensland. Ipswich's population is expected to reach 287,000 in the next 10 years," Cr Tully said.

"The city's continued growth shows the confidence new residents have in the region."

Division 9 councillor Sheila Ireland said Springfield Lakes was a highly sought-after location, especially for young families and first home buyers.

"This master planned community offers affordable housing and a range of excellent facilities including parks, schools, a university and Orion Town Centre," Cr Ireland said.

"Ipswich warmly welcomes new residents and all they can offer to the community."