Ipswich City - South-West suburbs of Brisbane
Jobs growth and population growth are the current hallmarks of the Ipswich economy. For years, it has been named repeatedly as one of the fastest-growing regions in South East Queensland and more recently it has been one of the top two SEQ regions for jobs growth.
Housing affordability is another core element of the Ipswich appeal. Opportunities abound for first-home buyers and investors on a budget. Recently, realestate.com.au identified eight Ipswich suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent.
Several billion-dollar enterprises across the commercial, residential and transport sectors are bolstering the local economy, delivering infrastructure and generating jobs. These include major national companies and government departments moving into the area.
Longer-term planning includes a fast rail service between Ipswich and Brisbane along with extended rail links from Springfield to Ripley, and Ripley to Ipswich via Yamanto.
Ipswich has shown strong price growth in the past - prices rose strongly in the five years to 2009, giving Ipswich City the highest capital growth averages in the Greater Brisbane region. This market is poised for another period of growth.
This report covers the suburbs of Augustine Heights, Bellbird Park, Brassall, Bundamba, Camira, Collingwood Park, Eastern Heights, Goodna, Leichhardt, North Ipswich, Raceview, Redbank Plains, Ripley, Silkstone, Springfield, Springfield Lakes and Yamanto.