DEEBING Heights has emerged as the most fertile suburb in Ipswich after the release of statistics revealing the number of people living in occupied private homes in Ipswich.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal that Deebing Heights tops the list with 3.5 people on average living in private dwellings. Closely following are Augustine Heights (3.3), Brookwater (3.29), Springfield (3.25), Pine Mountain (3.23) and Redbank (3.21). The Ipswich average is 2.88.
Councillor Paul Tully, the council's planning and development committee chairman, said the figures showed "the emerging suburbs where there are high populations of young people" such as Deebing Heights and the Greater Springfield area.
"These are the booming suburbs of Ipswich and these statistics tell the story that residential booms bring population booms. Goodna is still doing well compared to the citywide stats," he said.
"It is a good planning tool for the city. We can use this data to plan for the future, whether it be to provide parks or sporting facilities. It gives us the demographics of the western corridor and what might be needed in those suburbs with high numbers of young people.
"You will find those figures will increase in the area through Springfield, Augustine Heights, Brookwater, Redbank Plains and Ripley Valley in the future as young families move in. Ripley in the future will probably go to the top. That follows development ... with new homes and younger people moving in and having children."
When asked about any other implications from the figures, he had a poignant insight.
"The people of Deebing Heights and Greater Springfield obviously have fun-filled nights at home," he grinned.
"At Greater Springfield, maybe Maha Sinnathamby's long range plan to populate a new city is happening quicker than he thought."
Deebing Heights resident Louise Hunter has lived in the suburb for five years with her husband Andy and two children, Tyler, 13, and Paris, 11.
"We moved here for the quietness of it, because it is a family area and because of the large blocks," Ms Hunter said.
"The kids love it. They can walk down to the park. It is safe, everyone knows each other and they have lots of friends in the neighbourhood."
Ms Hunter agreed with Cr Tully's proposition that Deebing Heights residents "have more fun at night".
"That is right," she laughed. "There are a lot of young kids in the neighbourhood that is for sure."
Moores Pocket with 2.18 brought up the rear of the stats, followed by Booval (2.39), Ebbw Vale (2.39), Basin Pocket (2.43), West Ipswich (2.49). These are the suburbs with the least number of people per home.
"The figures tell a real story - both the high numbers and low numbers," Cr Tully said.
"The older suburbs of Ipswich tend to be where older people live and where the children have moved on. They have a significantly reduced number of people in their homes.
BOOMING SUBURBS (People per private home)
- Deebing Heights 3.5
- Augustine Heights 3.3
- Brookwater 3.29
- Springfield 3.25
- Pine Mountain 3.23
- Redbank 3.21
- Chuwar 3.2
- Karalee 3.17
- Redbank Plains 3.16
- Wulkuraka 3.15
- Thagoona 3.11
- Collingwood Park 3.09
- Goodna 3.09
- Ripley 3.01
- Camira 2.99
- Ironbark 2.97
- South Ripley 2.97
- Barellan Point 2.97
- Flinders View 2.95
- Riverview 2.95
- Karrabin 2.95
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