Ipswich has a rich history and a vibrant cultural scene, and services the surrounding agricultural regions of The Scenic Rim, The Lockyer Valley, and The Somerset Region.

City of Ipswich

Ipswich CBDIpswich is the fastest growing city in Queensland, with a population of around 222,000 that is predicted to increase to almost 500,000 over the next 25 years1. The city covers approximately 1,090km2, located about 40km south-west of the Brisbane CBD.

Ipswich comprises a diverse economy led by aerospace, manufacturing, education, health, transport and construction. Established major business includes building, metal product manufacturing, food product manufacturing, logistics and warehouse distribution.2

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.

Greater Springfield is Australia’s largest master-planned city and remains a key economic contributor in the western corridor. Ripley Valley will also continue to have a significant effect on both population and the regional economy.

Industry growth areas

International education and training

Ipswich has a world-class university, quality public and private schools and a strong vocational education sector. The city’s comparative advantage is a knowledge-intensive workforce focused on its key industries.3

Springfield is also home to Education City, offering 15 early learning centres, 11 schools, University of Southern Queensland, Union Institute of Language and The Studio of Performing Arts.4

International education and training interests in the region are serviced by the Study Ipswich regional study cluster supported by TIQ.

Food and Agribusiness

The City of Ipswich is the industrial and logistics centre and has long been a major processing centre for meat, poultry, fine foods, beverages, smallgoods and packaged food. The city plans to establish itself as a major production and distribution centre to both national and international food markets.5

Advanced manufacturing

The City of Ipswich is the historical manufacturing centre in South East Queensland. Manufacturing is the city’s largest employer, with 14.6% of the workforce employed in the sector. The Ipswich manufacturing sector generates $2.3 billion in exports for the city’s economy and creates $1.368 billion annually in local consumption. Ipswich has a wealth of available industrial land suited to both light and heavy manufacturing, serviced and linked to established heavy transport infrastructure.

Ipswich features a strong manufacturing sector, including advanced manufacturing, with supply chains in place. More than 40 advanced manufacturing businesses employ more than 8,000 people.

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Defence and aerospace

The City of Ipswich is recognised as one of Australia’s primary defence regions with significant Australian Defence Force representation, an extensive industry network, established skilled workforce and a demonstrated capacity for growth and innovation.
 

The Scenic Rim

Lake Moogerah, Scenic Rim, Queensland

The Scenic Rim region is located about an 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 RimThe 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 3 dams: Lake Moogerah, Lake Maroon and Wyaralong Dam.

The region offers a relaxed, hospitable lifestyle and features beautiful scenery as well as a mix of traditional and alternative forms of rural business and industry.

Economy and infrastructure

In 2018-19 Gross Regional Product (GRP) for the region was a record $1.9 billion.6 Tourism is a major economic driver.

Industry growth areas

Food and agribusiness

The Scenic Rim is home to beef, pork and poultry producers and growing boutique, gourmet food, wine and craft beer industries.

The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry is the major regional employer.7

Transport and logistics

The Scenic Rim Regional Council identified an opportunity to partner with a major Australian rail and logistics provider, SCT Logistics (SCT), to secure critical foundation infrastructure and stimulate development in the Bromelton State Development Area (SDA).

SCT Logistics committed to a $30 million freight precinct, adjacent to the Sydney–Brisbane rail line, to be established in the Bromelton SDA. The new facility will offer domestic rail freight services, as well as warehousing and property solutions. The freight precinct started operating in January 2017, providing a direct rail connection between Victoria and Queensland.

Tourism

With a wide selection of National Parks, breathtaking scenery and great food experiences, including 17 wineries, tourism is a major economic driver. The Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Tourism Strategy 2017–2021 aims to develop a vibrant and sustainable tourism and visitor experience.
 

The Lockyer Valley

Lockyer Valley countrysideThe Lockyer Valley is located in South East Queensland, about an 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 known 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.

Economy

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s GRP was $1.67 billion in 2018-19 and the region’s population is expected to grow to 50,000 by 2031.8

Industry growth areas

Food and agribusiness

Commonly considered part of the Darling Downs, the Lockyer Valley is one the top 10 most fertile farming areas in the world and grows the most diverse commercial range of fruit and vegetables in Australia.

The Lockyer Valley is one of the most important food bowl areas in Australia, supplying the majority of Australia’s vegetable requirements during the winter months.

Significant industry opportunities continue to emerge in the region including specialist food processing, food packaging, transport and storage, construction and new agri-tourism developments.

A diverse food processing sector is developing, which includes dairy manufacturers, small goods manufacturers and meat processors. The region has export capabilities in agricultural technologies, services and equipment manufacturing.

International education and training

The University of Queensland Gatton campus combines 120 years of rural history with state-of-the art research and teaching facilities in agriculture, animals, veterinary science and the environment.

Facilities such as the Queensland Animal Science Precinct and Gatton Farms provide leading research and development which contributes to making the campus the top university in Australia for agriculture and environmental sciences.

 

 

Somerset Region

Somerset DamThe Somerset Region is located about one hour west of the Brisbane and covers an area of approximately 5,382km2.

Somerset Region is the fastest growing local government area in South East Queensland and has strong agricultural, environmental, heritage and tourism values. It contains important vegetation and forest, areas of high scenic and landscape amenity and, significantly, the key water catchments for South East Queensland.

The main centres in the Somerset Regional Council area are:

  • Esk
  • Fernvale
  • Kilcoy
  • Laidley
  • Lowood
  • Toogoolawah.

Economy

The Somerset Regional Council’s Gross Regional Product was valued at $923 million in 2017–18 and the key regional industries are agriculture and manufacturing.9

Regional strengths

Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is the largest employer of residents in the region, including by the food and meat-processing sectors.10

Agriculture

The Somerset region has a long history of agriculture, pastoralism, and the timber industry, with agriculture concentrated on the fertile soils of the floodplains and timber production both on private land and in state forests.

Production of beef cattle is the dominant rural industry. Agriculture and intensive animal industries such as dairying and poultry production are also important, with most being concentrated along the fertile alluvial valleys that support access to significant water supplies for irrigation. A range of field and fodder crops, including maize, barley, soybeans, sorghum and lucerne, are grown throughout the area, along with a variety of fruits including citrus, grapes, stone fruit, melons, avocados and mangoes.

 

Trade and investment services

Ipswich is serviced by TIQ’s Ipswich Office.

References

1City of Ipswich, ‘Why Ipswich?’, https://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/business/why-ipswich#:~:text=Ipswich%20is%20the%20fastest%20growing,over%20the%20next%2025%20years., accessed July 2020.

2City of Ipswich, ‘Why Ipswich?’, https://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/business/why-ipswich#:~:text=Ipswich%20is%20the%20fastest%20growing,over%20the%20next%2025%20years., accessed July 2020.

3City of Ipswich, 2020, ‘Key Industry Sectors’, https://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/business/key-industry-sectors, accessed July 2020.

4Greater Springfield City Group, ‘Study and Education Options in Greater Springfield’, https://www.greaterspringfield.com.au/education/, accessed July 2020.

5City of Ipswich, 2020, ‘Key Industry Sectors’, https://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/business/key-industry-sectors, accessed July 2020.

6Scenic Rim Regional Council, 2019, ‘Scenic Rim Regional Council Gross Regional Product’, https://economy.id.com.au/scenic-rim, accessed July 2020.

7Scenic Rim Regional Council, 2019, ‘Scenic Rim Regional Council Industry sector analysis – Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing’, https://economy.id.com.au/scenic-rim/industry-sector-analysis?IndkeyNieir=23000, accessed July 2020.

8Scenic Rim Regional Council, 2019, ‘Scenic Rim Regional Council’, https://economy.id.com.au/scenic-rim, accessed July 2020.

9Somerset Regional Council, ‘Somerset Economic Development Plan 2015-2020’, https://www.somerset.qld.gov.au/downloads/file/118/somerset-economic-development-plan-pdf, accessed July 2020.

10Somerset Regional Council, ‘Somerset Economic Development Plan 2015-2020’, https://www.somerset.qld.gov.au/downloads/file/118/somerset-economic-development-plan-pdf, accessed July 2020.