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City of Ipswich

About the area

Name origin

Ipswich is thought to be named after a town in Suffolk, England. It was previously known as Limestone.

Location and boundaries

The City of Ipswich is located in south-east Queensland, about 40 kilometres south-west of the Brisbane CBD. The City of Ipswich is bounded by the Somerset Regional Council area and Brisbane City in the north, Logan City in the east, the Scenic Rim Regional Council area in the south, and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council area in the west.

Included areas

The City of Ipswich includes the suburbs and localities of Amberley, Ashwell, Augustine Heights, Barellan Point, Basin Pocket, Bellbird Park, Blacksoil, Blackstone, Booval, Brassall, Brookwater, Bundamba, Calvert, Camira, Carole Park, Churchill, Chuwar (part), Coalfalls, Collingwood Park, Deebing Heights, Dinmore, East Ipswich, Eastern Heights, Ebbw Vale, Ebenezer, Flinders View, Gailes, Goodna, Goolman, Grandchester, Haigslea (part), Ipswich, Ironbark, Jeebropilly, Karalee, Karrabin, Lanefield, Leichhardt, Lower Mount Walker (part), Marburg (part), Moores Pocket, Mount Forbes (part), Mount Marrow, Mount Mort, Mount Walker West (part), Muirlea, Mutdapilly (part), New Chum, Newtown, North Booval, North Ipswich, North Tivoli, One Mile, Peak Crossing (part), Pine Mountain, Purga, Raceview, Redbank, Redbank Plains, Ripley, Riverview, Rosewood, Sadliers Crossing, Silkstone, South Ripley, Spring Mountain, Springfield, Springfield Central, Springfield Lakes, Swanbank, Tallegalla, Thagoona, The Bluff, Tivoli, Walloon, West Ipswich, White Rock, Willowbank, Woodend, Woolshed, Wulkuraka and Yamanto.

Land use

The City of Ipswich is a rapidly growing residential area, with substantial rural, rural-residential, commercial and industrial areas. The City of Ipswich encompasses a total land area of about 1,100 square kilometres. The main urban centre is Ipswich, with developing residential areas in the east, and numerous small townships including Grandchester, Marburg, Rosewood and Walloon. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, with coal mining also being an important industry.

Transport

The City of Ipswich is served by the Ipswich Motorway, the Logan Motorway, the Brisbane Valley Highway, the Centenary Highway, the Cunningham Highway, the Warrego Highway, Brisbane Road and the Ipswich, Rosewood and Springfield railway lines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1827, although population was minimal until 1842. Land was used mainly for farming, timber-getting, sugar cane growing, cotton growing and coal mining, with Ipswich being an important river port. Growth took place from the 1880s into the early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the railway line from Ipswich to Brisbane in 1875. Significant residential development occurred from the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s, accompanied by industrial development. Growth continued during the 1990s, with the population of the City rising from about 110,000 in 1991 to about 122,000 in 2001. Rapid growth took place from 2001, with the population rising to about 165,000 in 2011. Population growth is expected to continue, particularly in the greater Springfield area.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Ipswich area were the Jagera, Ugarapul and Yuggera Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

The City of Ipswich labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into the City of Ipswich to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.

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