3000 bubs on the way in Ipswich

ONE-DAY WONDERS: New mums, Kim Folkes with her son Raiden, Laura Lyall with daughter Anika, and Sara McGrath with son Nate. All of the babies were just one day old when they were photographed at Ipswich Hospital yesterday.
ONE-DAY WONDERS: New mums, Kim Folkes with her son Raiden, Laura Lyall with daughter Anika, and Sara McGrath with son Nate. All of the babies were just one day old when they were photographed at Ipswich Hospital yesterday. Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH is in the midst of a baby boom, with the city recording birth rates not predicted to be reached until 2016.

Ipswich Hospital maternity ward delivered 2957 babies last year - an average of eight a day - indicating the region's population is growing at a rate faster than predicted.

The figure is up considerably from 2009, when the hospital welcomed 2591 newborns.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service chief executive Lesley Dwyer said the hospital had not expected to reach 3000 for four years.

"Predictions were made in 2009 for the birth rate at Ipswich Hospital to reach 3000 in 2016/17. However, the 2012 birth rate reached this level," she said.

"The Ipswich Hospital expansion works will include an additional three birthing rooms and a new Special Care Nursery with three additional cots."

Ms Dwyer said the service was considering employing an additional obstetrician and extra midwives to keep up with demand.

The increasing number of births is expected to adjust the region's projected population figures and heighten calls for infrastructure spending.

Demographer Mark McCrindle said the lower end of government forecasts expected Ipswich population to grow at just over 5%, to 286,000 by 2021.

He said the birth rate figures indicated a growth of 6.33%, bringing Ipswich's population to 325,000 by 2021.

"When you look at the ABS population projections Ipswich and Queensland has been hitting all the requirements for the forecast.

"It's a couple of things. Looking at the data, the centre of the population is younger there, so the fertility rates are higher."

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the figures proved Ipswich deserved a greater focus from government on infrastructure spending.

"We are the fastest-growing city in Australia. We put our hand up as an area of growth and we have the figures to prove it," he said.

Mr McCrindle backed the mayor's claims.

"The point is, not only is it growing numerically, it's growing in size. Within the state population they would want their share of the state infrastructure to accommodate that growth."

Federal taskforce has Ipswich rorters in its sights

Labor's Alfredo Navarro says 30 contract terminations at Centrelink's Coffs Harbour call centre is not the jobs story the Coalition told pre-election.

Government cracks down on welfare fraud

'How do you like the taste of my p**s you dogs'

Ipswich Police Station and Courthouse. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

He saved his urine in a milk carton

New conquest for Ipswich's super sporting mum

Inspirational Ipswich sportswoman Deb Acason with husband Josh on their children Eva and Ella.

Allrounder Deb runs into new territory

Latest deals and offers

The Bachelor: Vinteaea tells why she had to walk out

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is stalling divorce

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

Wild Cherries band

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The Bachelor host: this year's season is a cracker

The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg.

GUNSBERG says tonight will be "the best night of TV of the year".

Kerri-Anne Kennerley to Sonia Kruger: "Stay brave"

She said her television peer should "stay brave"

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

You can own this Queensland town for just $1


Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley