City may get new hospital by 2031
WITH work about to start on expanding and upgrading Ipswich Hospital, a new Ipswich Hospital has been flagged by the State Government.
A replacement hospital is one of the projects mapped out by the government in its Queensland Infrastructure Plan.
In the document, a hospital to replace the current one is listed as being in the preliminary assessment phase.
It is to be built at a cost of more than $1 billion by 2031 "dependant on demand".
The State Government says it has outlined major projects crucial to the future of Ipswich over the next two decades.
Launching the document, Premier Anna Bligh said it set out the state's infrastructure needs for the next 20 years, and it would be updated annually.
"It's estimated the Ipswich population will increase by 195,000 people over the next two decades and we want to be ready," Ms Bligh said.
"We are determined to deliver infrastructure that anticipates growth. To do that you need a plan and this is the most comprehensive infrastructure planning document in Australia.
"It includes projects funded by all three levels of government, as well as the private sector.
"These projects will help cater for population growth, improve people's lives and drive the region forward. Importantly, they also give the construction industry a clear line of sight for investment and development."
Ms Bligh said major infrastructure projects to be delivered across the Ipswich region over the next four years included the Amberley aerospace and support centre, the Springfield passenger rail line, with two new stations at Springfield, the Brisbane Valley Hwy interchange and the Ipswich Hospital expansion.
Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said the city would benefit from the early delivery of the hospital expansion and other infrastructure.
"The State Government is building new headquarters in Ipswich for almost every state-owned service," Ms Nolan said. "As a result of detailed planning and redesign work, the completion date of the hospital expansion has been moved forward to 2014, two years earlier than originally scheduled."
Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said improvements to Yamanto interchange and Ebenezer Creek would be needed to sustain growth.
"The realigning of the Cunningham Hwy will relieve a notorious bottleneck at Yamanto and deliver major economic results for the region."
In the pipeline
By 2021 - Ipswich Motorway upgrades: Dinmore to Goodna, Rocklea to Darra and Progress Rd interchange upgrade.
By 2031 - Cunningham Hwy upgrades including Ripley Road to Yamanto and Warrego Highway connection.
Between 2015 and 2031 - Western Ipswich Bypass.
By 2021 - Willowbank Industrial Precinct.