Due to the significant size of Queensland’s roading network, transport infrastructure is always going to be a major topic for the state government, city councils and construction businesses. In fact, as population increases, this is an issue that will only grow in importance.
One Queensland city taking this future seriously is Ipswich. In November, the city council announced the region’s first ever integrated transport plan which is now open for public debate.
Known as the City of Ipswich Transport Plan or ‘iGO’, the document outlines the myriad of different investments that are likely over the coming years. The city council is also looking at how the region can fund major projects for the future.
City Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Cheryl Bromage explained the iGO in more detail.
“iGO lays out how we will work together with the Australian and Queensland Governments and the community to provide quality public transport, roads, walking and cycling facilities,” she said.
“It will enable us to work in partnership with all levels of government and the community to build a sustainable future for the city.”
Potential for jobs?
By the year 2031, the Ipswich population is expected to reach 435,000 – more than double the current 190,000. As such, employment through apprenticeships and traineeships will be another issue that the iGO could help to solve.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale cited that transport infrastructure investment is vital to this region.
“We need the support of the Queensland and Australian governments to invest in transport infrastructure now and in the future,” he stated.
“It is critical for future jobs growth and protecting our lifestyle and the liveability of Ipswich.”
Local construction example
While this example isn’t a result of the iGO, it does present an idea to the nature of construction opportunities in the near future. As a result of the relationship between the Queensland government and the Ipswich City Council, Brassall’s Hancock Bridge will receive major improvements over the coming eight months.
The multi-million dollar project is designed to extend the life of the bridge, which was first built in the 1960s. This will include remedial work to damaged hand rails, pier headstocks and abutments as well as strengthening maintenance, Ms Bromage stated.
Ipswich and its surrounding regions have the potential for major growth over the coming years which makes it critical that businesses, governments and councils have plans in place now. For job seekers, this is also the opportunity to align yourself with the skills and contacts for a successful future career.
By Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator