Vote for Ipswich and you will be backing a winner
THE FEDERAL Election is to be contested this week and the outcome could well impact on the future growth of the Ipswich region.
Although the party in power federally can have a good deal of influence over the prosperity and growth of individual electorates, it is to a large degree up to the community, along with all levels of government of those individual electorates, to ensure there is a positive future for that region.
The Ipswich region is a clear case in point of this assertion. While each of the major parties have governed on a state and federal basis over the past decade, the Ipswich region has continued to develop economically and culturally, to increase levels of safety, and to increase services to the growing population of the region.
These improvements have led to growing community pride in the region.
They have also in turn resulted in the population of the city to continue to rise as the region grows and becomes more attractive.
At a breakfast last week with chamber of commerce and industry season partners, the Ipswich City Council Office of Economic Development delivered further evidence of the improving position of the Ipswich region.
Economic growth and unemployment levels ahead of state averages; the highest available amount of industrial land in Queensland; the ever-growing population; and the growing number of businesses moving to Ipswich, are all testament to the continually improving position of the Ipswich region.
Perhaps the most important indicator of the improving position of the Ipswich region is the growing pride in the region from residents who, for too long, had poor images of the city matching many of the perceptions of the city from outside the region.
This improving self-image of the City of Ipswich was picked up on and mentioned by guest speaker Peter FitzSimons who flew in from Sydney last week for the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Bendigo Bank Business Icons luncheon.
So as you cast your vote this weekend, think carefully about what is the best option for the region in which you live.
But also rest easy in the knowledge that the Ipswich region is on a strong and progressive path of continued growth, and becoming higher on the most liveable city index with each year that goes by.
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