Beside the flurry of development at Springfield, many areas of Ipswich have major development projects and infrastructure upgrades planned and underway.
The hotly anticipated $200 million upgrade to the Ipswich Motorway will greatly reduce congestion and improve the road’s flood immunity (Jacques 2016). The motorway caters to more than 85,000 motorists, including 12,000 trucks daily.
The RAAF Amberley base, the largest operational base in the country, is a large employer in the Ipswich area and an anchor tenant for a potential aeronautical precinct. The $1 billion base expansion will provide increased air power capability and generate 3,500 civilian jobs (Gould 2016).
By the end of 2016, a workforce of 1,500 contractor staff will be working on infrastructure projects at the air base (Lifestyle 2016). The ten projects will be delivered over the next four years.
The local railway industry has been revived by Canadian multinational Bombardier, which was awarded the State Government tender to build a $190 million railway maintenance centre at Wulkuraka.
Information technology is a key focus for Ipswich with council dubbing Accenture to progress the city’s “Smart City” Transformation Strategy and Implementation Plan.
The plan seeks to deliver an innovative blueprint to optimise the city operations, enhance community engagement, cultivate digital technology capabilities and lead economic innovation (LeMay 2016).
The new $220 million Polaris Data Centre at Springfield is a hi-tech, bulletproof fortress safeguards the State Government IT assets.
Last year, the $550 million Dusit Thani Brookwater Golf & Spa Resort launched, which has been one of the largest foreign investment developments in Australian history (Pierce 2015).
It is the biggest large-scale tourism project ever built in the region, bringing international visitors to the city.
Current statistics predict that by 2026, the Ipswich economy will be $12.7 billion, a growth of 159.2% since 2008 (Tempo Living 2016).
INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT AT A GLANCE
- $200 million upgrade to the Ipswich Motorway
- $1 billion expansion to the RAAF base at Amberley
- $190 million railway maintenance centre
- $220 million Polaris Data Centre
- $550 million Dusit Thani Brookwater Golf & Spa Resort