Jobs set to flow into Ipswich as Defence swells

Originally published: Ipswich First Ipswich is set to be a major player in the division of $270 billion in defence capability and infrastructure spending over the next decade. Of the record $270 billion in defence spending announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, there will be a $3 billion investment over the coming decade into the…

Jobs a priority as economic stimulus arrives in Ipswich

Originally published: City of Ipswich in June 2020 New playground works at the Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve are being considered for funding through the Queensland Government’s $200 million Unite and Recover COVID Works for Queensland program. Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding met with Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe at Redbank Plains on Wednesday to discuss how…

Nicholas St update: Concreting for level 7 of new admin building completed

Originally published: Ipswich First Concreting of the floor on level seven of the new council administration building was completed last week as the Nicholas St redevelopment continues. Formwork for the first concrete pour on level eight is also underway. The focus for crews this week has been on installing precast concrete columns between level eight…

Council and West Moreton Health join forces on COVID-19 front lines

Originally Published on Ipswich First in April 2020 Ipswich City Council staff have answered the call from the West Moreton Public Health Unit for assistance. The West Moreton Public Health Unit conducts contact tracing, which along with physical distancing, has been a powerful combination in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Ipswich.…

Nicholas St update: External glass installed for new library

Originally Published on Ipswich First in April 2020 The installation of external glass for the new Ipswich Library in the Nicholas St precinct is all but complete. Crews on the Nicholas St redevelopment continue to make good progress with about 160 workers across the site. In the past week, as well as installing the external…

New bridge nears completion

Originally publish on Ipswich First in April 2020 A new single-lane, steel bridge on Ripley Road is nearing completion with the structure lifted into place earlier this month. A 220 tonne capacity crane was brought in to install two 22 tonne girders that were constructed offsite to expedite the project’s delivery. The lifts went smoothly…

New ward announced for Ipswich Hospital

Originally publish on Ipswich First in April 2020 Ipswich locals will soon benefit from a new $25 million, 26 bed ward at Ipswich Hospital. Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said construction work will start mid-2020 and doors will be opened in time for next year’s flu season. “This project, and the planned 50-bed Mental…

Visitors rank eating out as top reason to visit Ipswich

Originally published on Ipswich First October 15, 2019 Tourism figures in the heritage city continue on an upward swing with international visitors coming into the region up 41.9 per cent, day trippers up 22.1 per cent and domestic overnight stays up 14.7 per cent. The tourism and hospitality industry employs more than 15,392 people in…

$39m greyhound racing centre slated for Ipswich

Originally published on Ipswich First Queensland will be home to the nation’s most advanced greyhound racing tracks at a new $39 million venue that will be built by the State Government. Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said it was a great day for the greyhound industry, with the multimillion-dollar project, which has a working title of…

Crane on the skyline means big business for Ipswich

Originally published on Ipswich First October 22, 2019 Welcome to a bird’s eye view of Ipswich Central. Notice anything different? Over the years, many people have invoked the famed Sir Joh economic index: cranes on the city skyline was clear evidence of progress. That means progress is happening in Ipswich Central with a new tower…