New Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan (Shaping SEQ)

25th of July 2017

New Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan (Shaping SEQ)

The State Government has released ShapingSEQ—the new regional planning framework to sustainably manage change and growth in South East Queensland for public consultation from 20 October 2016 to 3 March 2017. The State Government is seeking views on ShapingSEQ to refine the plan before it is finalised and take effect in mid-2017. ShapingSEQ is available from the following link:

While the draft ShapingSEQ revises the population targets for the Ipswich Local Government Area and introduces job targets for the first time, Ipswich is well placed to accommodate the projected growth within its existing long term land use and infrastructure planning frameworks.

A Summary of the key changes and what they mean for Ipswich is set out below.

  • Population Target = 520,000 @ 2041 (26% infill, 74% greenfield)
  • current SEQRP population target = 435,000 @ 2031
  • current planning scheme = 538,000 capacity
  • 4 key regional centres
  • Ipswich, Springfield, Ripley, Goodna
  • 2 Knowledge & Technology precincts
  • Ipswich & Springfield
  • 2 Major Enterprise & Industry Clusters
  • South Western Industrial Corridor (Wacol, West to Carole Park, Redbank, Bundamba/Riverview, Swanbank/New Chum)
  • Ipswich West Industrial Corridor (Wulkuraka/Karrabin, Amberley, Ebenezer)
  • Jobs Target, 2041
  • 65,000 new jobs
  • Transport
  • future high frequency passenger transport corridor, Ipswich-Ripley-Springfield (Ipswich-Ripley listed as a priority)
  • future high frequency passenger transport service Yamanto-Ipswich-Redbank Plains-Springfield (all listed as a priority)
  • Southern/Inland Rail Freight Corridor, listed as a priority
  • Western Ipswich By Pass, listed as a freight priority
  • freight link investigation, Cunningham Highway to Logan Motorway
  • Priority Living Areas & Priority Agricultural Areas
  • whole of SEQ covered
  • resource activities need to be sympathetic
  • Local government referrals are provided for

Council will be reviewing the draft ShapingSEQ and its implications for Ipswich ahead of making a submission to the State government in the New Year.