City launches first integrated transport plan, iGO
COUNCIL released a major integrated transport plan for the city today, iGO, creating a vision for the network needed when the population reaches 435,000 in 2031.
City Infrastructure Committee Chairwoman Cheryl Bromage said the population of Ipswich had grown to 190,000 and is expected to more than double over the coming decades.
"The City of Ipswich Transport Plan, called 'iGO', is Council's plan to ensure the city's transport system keeps pace with increases in travel demand as our population grows," Cr Bromage said.
"iGO lays out how we will work together with the Australian and Queensland Governments and the community to provide quality public transport, roads, walking and cycling facilities to build a sustainable future for the city.
"There are always competing priorities for funding, so iGO contains a balanced suite of low-cost actions and investment programs that will get the most out of our existing infrastructure in the short term and major projects that can be delivered once funding becomes available in the future.
"iGO will explore innovative funding options to ensure the city remains financially responsible whilst meeting the transport expectations of our community."
Cr Bromage said iGO had taken a number of years to develop including best practice research, demand forecasting, scenario modelling, policy development and liaison with key stakeholders.
"The outcomes of iGO are improving travel mode choices, integrating transport and land use and promoting a culture shift through taking a demand management approach to car use, parking and road network performance," she said.
"iGO also supports the development and uptake of new transport related technology and embraces investment and community partnerships."
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said transport played a key part of our daily lives so getting it right, with proper investment and clever new thinking, was one of the foundations for future jobs growth and protecting our lifestyle.
"I want Ipswich residents to be economically and socially connected to their city, with the right land use mixes where residents can live close to work, education, shops and recreation opportunities, and where journeys are safe and reliable," Cr Pisasale said.
"While private motoring will continue to fulfil an essential role in the way we all travel, every expanding city reaches a point where relying purely on the car is not the best choice to cater for growing travel demand.
"We simply cannot afford to build our way out of traffic congestion by continually adding more and more road space just for cars.
"This is not sustainable for our long term social, environmental and financial wellbeing.
"As such, changing some of our trips to other travel modes such as buses, bicycles and walking is the smart, healthy and viable way of the future.
"This is the city legacy I would like to leave future generations.
"I look forward to working with the community to bring this transport vision to life. Together, we can create a prosperous, sustainable and liveable future for Ipswich that our grandchildren can be proud of."
The draft iGO is available to view and/or download from Council's website at www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/igo. To obtain a hardcopy of the report, contact Council's project team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3810 6666. Public feedback on the report closes on December 4.