WELCOME HOME: New Springfield Lakes resident Devika Kumari, her partner Salesh Deo and their son are given a warm Ipswich welcome from Mayor Paul Pisasale, Planning chairman Cr Paul Tully and Division 9 councillor Sheila Ireland.
WELCOME HOME: New Springfield Lakes resident Devika Kumari, her partner Salesh Deo and their son are given a warm Ipswich welcome from Mayor Paul Pisasale, Planning chairman Cr Paul Tully and Division 9 councillor Sheila Ireland. Contributed

City hits 180,000 mark with arrival of new family

IPSWICH officially hit the 180,000 population mark this week.

Milestone resident Devika Kumari and her family were welcomed to their new Springfield Lakes home by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and councillors Paul Tully and Sheila Ireland.

Cr Pisasale said the continual growth of Ipswich demonstrated how important the city was becoming to the south-east corner.

"Population figures show Ipswich is defying trends elsewhere and continuing to grow at a strong rate," Cr Pisasale said.

"This solid rate of growth is positioning the city as the major regional centre serving the western corridor, now and into the future.

"Ipswich reached 170,000 in the third quarter of 2010, and 175,000 in November 2011.

"The most recent increase equates to 68 people calling Ipswich home every week.

"Ipswich is punching above its weight where new housing is concerned. The future for Ipswich is looking very bright and it is something we can all be proud of."

Planning chairman Cr Tully said the master-planned community centred on Springfield Lakes was one of several major growth areas within the Ipswich council area.

Redbank Plains and the Ripley Valley are also expected to see major population growth in coming years.

"New public transport options are also increasing with the Springfield Central train station on track to open later this year," Cr Tully said.

"The city is the fastest growing local government area in Queensland. Ipswich's population is predicted to reach 462,000 by the year 2031. The city's continued growth reflects the confidence new residents have in the region."

Cr Sheila Ireland said Springfield Lakes, which falls within her division, was a highly sought-after residential location, especially for young families and first home buyers.



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