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 213,000 that is predicted to increase to around 520,000 by 2041. The city covers approximately 1,090km2, located about 40km 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 $9.4 billion or 3% of the state’s gross product, with more than 70,000 local jobs in key industry sectors, such as:

  • manufacturing
  • health care
  • retail
  • education and training
  • 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. The recent announcement of the LAND 400 armoured vehicle contract and the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence will provide opportunities for companies to participate in global supply chains and provide increased employment in the region.

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 many connections with local education and training facilities that support local industry. Key facilities include University of Southern Queensland and TAFE, with specialty training areas including health, aerospace, sustainability and manual trades to support the local manufacturing sector.

Springfield is also home to Education City, housing 5 education providers. The education and training industry contributes $665 million to the economy, with an increasing focus on international exports, and employs more than 9,000 people.

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

Advanced manufacturing

Manufacturing provides the greatest total economic contribution to the Ipswich economy: with over $1.1 billion in international exports.

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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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 covers 4,249km2 and is home to 42,583 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.

Economy and infrastructure

In 2017–18 the Gross Regional Product (GRP) was $1.77 billion which represented 0.6% of Queensland’s Gross State Product. Tourism is a major economic driver in the region with approximately $148.2 million in tourism spending in 2017–18 and more than 1 million visitors.

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.

In 2017–18 the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry made the largest contribution of any sector to regional GRP, with $236 million or 3.6% of the GRP for the state.

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.


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.


The Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s GRP was $1.64 billion in 2017–18 and the region’s population is expected to grow to 63,000 by 2031. In 2017–18, the total value of agricultural output in Lockyer Valley Regional Council was $355 million, compared with $238 million in 2007–08.

The largest commodity produced in the region is vegetables.

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 and typically accounting for 28% of Queensland’s total horticultural production.

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.


The Somerset Regional Council’s Gross Regional Product was $923 million in 2017–18 and the region’s population is expected to grow to 39,017 by 2041. The key industries for the region are agriculture and manufacturing.

Regional strengths


The manufacturing industry is the largest employer of residents in the Somerset region, accounting for 12.4% of the labour force. Manufacturing is predominately in the food-processing sector, servicing the meat-processing facilities in the region.


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.