D&L; Roofing's Sean Marshall at work on a new home in Blackstone.
D&L; Roofing's Sean Marshall at work on a new home in Blackstone. Sarah Harvey

118,000 more homes for Ipswich

THE population of Ipswich will double and housing numbers will triple by 2031 with our region set to bear the brunt of Queensland's rapid future growth.

Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe yesterday released the updated South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031, which revealed Ipswich will play a major part in helping the state reduce urban sprawl on the coast.

The plan's projections reveal that by 2031:

• Ipswich's population will jump to 435,000, up from the 160,000 in 2009

• Residential dwellings will rise from 52,300 in 2006 to 170,3000

• An additional 118,000 dwellings will need to be built

South-east Queensland's population is expected to increase to 4.4 million by 2031- growth which will require an estimated 754,000 new dwellings.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the council would ensure development was carefully planned.

“We welcome development, but we don't want it at any cost,” Cr Pisasale said.

“If you want to come here and just subdivide land, you've come to the wrong city.

“But if you want to create communities, we will do business,” Cr Pisasale said.

Ipswich City Council's Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said once the Western Corridor motorway link was completed, Ipswich would have the infrastructure to deal with the projected growth.

“Besides roads, water and sewerage would be the main infrastructure issues that would have to improve,” Cr Tully said.

“It's something we will work closely with developers on and this will just evolve with time.”

The regional plan identifies Ebenezer as an area which could accommodate a range of manufacturing and logistics businesses to provide significant economic and job growth over the long term.

The plan also identifies Springfield and the future 120,000 person development at Ripley Valley as two key areas for population growth in the Ipswich region.

Sites at Redbank Plains, Walloon-Thagoona, Yamanto and Brassall will also be developed within the timeframe of the regional plan, along with additional land at Redbank Plains and Walloon.

Ripley Valley land owner John Scott said while he did not oppose the development in his region, he thought it was a shame the natural environment would be forever changed.

“You would like it to stay as it is, but development has to go on,” Mr Scott said.

“Our boundary in the area has been bush land for years ... having lots of people will make a difference to our lifestyle.”

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