28 Mar Ipswich set for employment boom – by Allan Roebuck
About 2000 new jobs are in the pipeline for Ipswich jobseekers as five new major construction projects are commenced or completed and new businesses begin operations this year.
Ipswich will also be among the top two regions in southeast Queensland leading jobs growth over the next five years according to labour market predictions from the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
The department’s own data reveals Ipswich will have an additional 18,200 jobs by 2023, a growth rate of 11.3 per cent.
Ipswich City Council chief executive officer David Farmer said the city was already meeting the challenge of creating new jobs, and collaborating with industry and the Queensland Government to deliver big wins for the region.
“Ipswich is recognised as a major growth region with some very compelling advantages relating to workforce, connectivity, available land and supply chain services.
“Some of the big companies which have chosen to invest and grow in Ipswich recently have really kicked our industrial sector into a new gear with jobs and economic growth the result.
“In May, Australia Post is expected to begin transitioning operations to a purpose built 50,000 square metre distribution and sorting centre at Redbank Motorway Estate capable of handling 700,000 parcels per day.
“Australia Post will bring about 500 jobs.
“Coles is currently finalising plans to construct their main distribution centre for Queensland.
“It will be housed in a new purpose-built 75,000 square metre warehouse on the former rail workshops site at Redbank.
“About 500 jobs will come with the centre in 2020.
“Ipswich advanced defence manufacturing company TAE Aerospace is upgrading to a 15,500 square metre facility at Bundamba to service Super Hornets, Strike Fighters and Tanks.
“Around 200 jobs will be based at that site.
“Costco at Bundamba will commence trading later this year creating 280 positions.”
David Farmer said the Military Centre of Excellence being established by Rheinmetall at Redbank had commenced construction as part of a $5 billion defence contract awarded last year.
“When completed mid-2020 up to 400 people will gain employment in the new 27,000 square metre warehouse.
“Rheinmetall will then begin to roll out the first of its 200 boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRVs).”
The 500 hectare Willowbank Industrial Precinct next to the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct was emerging as the next major industrial development site in Ipswich.
The proposed inland rail route will run adjacent to the rear of the site.
“At the moment there is an application before council to develop 50 hectares, being stage one of the development,” he said.
Regional general manager of APP Corporation and director of the Suburban Alliance Ross Elliott said the jobs boost was the start of something that would continue for a very long time.
“Cities like Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Logan have some great advantages by virtue of their proximity to the capital.
“There’s affordable housing and local infrastructure. This includes social infrastructure like hospitals, schools and universities.
“These assets are not just in inner city Brisbane they are also found in Ipswich.
“The advent of more technology means the ability of businesses to locate in places that suits them, their workers and customers.
“Ipswich has affordable land for businesses and housing and this will increasingly make the city a compelling choice,” he said.
Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said the Queensland Government strongly backed the city to lead southeast Queensland jobs growth.
“The government is moving to increase investment and employment in the region.
“The Ipswich jobs boom has only just started.”