Ipswich has a rich history and a vibrant cultural scene. As Queensland’s oldest provincial city, it services the surrounding agricultural regions of The Scenic Rim and The Lockyer Valley.


Ipswich is the fastest growing city in Queensland – with a population of around 200,000 that is predicted to more than double by 2031. Ipswich covers approximately 1090km2, located about 40 kilometres south-west of the Brisbane CBD.

As Queensland’s oldest provincial city, Ipswich is proud of its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. The main centres in the Ipswich Council area are:

  • Goodna
  • Springfield Central
  • Ipswich Central
  • Haigslea
  • Marburg
  • Rosewood

The city of Ipswich’s gross regional product (GRP) is estimated at $8.96 billion or 2.9% of the state’s gross product, with over 70,000 local jobs in key industry sectors, such as:

  • manufacturing
  • health care
  • retail
  • education and training
  • construction
  • transport and logistics.

The current expansion of the RAAF Base Amberley will see a significant increase in airbase personnel and additional spending on defence infrastructure. Greater Springfield is Australia’s largest master-planned city and remains a key economic driver in the western corridor. Ripley Valley will also continue to have a significant effect on both population and the regional economy.

Major projects

  • New gas-fired power station at Swanbank
  • Ipswich CBD redevelopment
  • Amberley RAAF Base expansion
  • Extension of the rail line from Richlands to Springfield
  • Ipswich Medical Precinct

Regional strengths

Education and training
Advanced manufacturing


The Scenic Rim

Lake Moogerah, Scenic Rim, Queensland

The Scenic Rim region is located about one hour’s drive south of Brisbane CBD and west of the Gold Coast. The region is home to the thriving country towns of:

  • Beaudesert
  • Boonah
  • Canungra
  • Kalbar
  • Kooralbyn
  • Rathdowney
  • Tamborine Mountain
  • Aratula

Mount French Farming land in Scenic Rim

The Scenic Rim’s primary businesses are in agriculture and horticultural production, equine and the tourism sector. The Bromelton State Development Area is located a few kilometres west of Beaudesert and is the proposed site of one of Queensland’s largest transport and logistics precincts.

The Scenic Rim contains more than 30,000 hectares of parkland, including national parks and council controlled parks, and contains three dams: Lake Moogerah, Lake Maroon and Wyaralong Dam.

The region covers 4,248km2 and is home to 40,000 people. Residents enjoy the relaxed, hospitable lifestyle afforded by the small country towns and villages that feature beautiful scenery as well as a mix of traditional and alternative forms of rural business and industry.


In 2015/16 the Gross Regional Product (GRP) was $1.8 billion which contributed to 41% of the GRP for the West Moreton region. Tourism is a major driver in the region with approximately $177 million in tourism spending in 2016 and 1.3 million visitors.

Major projects

  • $27.5 million Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass
  • $30 million Intermodal Freight Terminal for Bromelton State Development Area

Regional strengths

Transport and logistics


The Lockyer Valley

Lockyer Valley countrysideThe Lockyer Valley is located in south east Queensland, about one hour west of the Brisbane CBD and covers an area of approximately 2,200km2.

Situated in the western growth corridor between Toowoomba and Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley is renowned as the “salad bowl’ of the nation and is ideally poised to provide the perfect work/life balance.

The main centres in the Lockyer Valley Regional Council area are:

  • Gatton
  • Plainland
  • Grantham
  • Laidley
  • Withcott
  • Helidon


The Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s Gross Regional Product was $1,406 million as of 30 June 2016 and the region’s population is expected to grow to 57,443 by 2031. In 2014/15, the total value of agricultural output in Lockyer Valley Regional Council was $374 million, compared with $187 million in 2005/06.

The largest commodity produced was vegetables, which accounted for 79.5% of Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s total agricultural output in value terms.

Regional strengths