The City of Ipswich Council has leveraged the quantity and accessibility of its industrial land to secure significant investments, representing about $1.5 billion in potential value and up to 1,500 new local jobs.
City of Ipswich’s Economic and Industry Development Committee Chairperson, Cr Nicole Jonic, said the numbers were extremely encouraging and reflected the Council’s business drive in the region.
“We are actively engaged with 23 businesses across sectors including advanced manufacturing, logistics, education and health,” Cr Jonic said.
“We continue to attract numerous investment opportunities as we have 45 per cent of South East Queensland’s available industrial land, we are close to major arterials and rail networks and we continue to have housing affordability which is balanced against a rapidly growing population and workforce.”
Cr Jonic said Council provides a concierge service to potential investors, helping them identify suitable land or sites and connect them to the local business ecosystem.
Other services include the provision of regional data, workforce links, supply chain information and even potential customer profiling.
“The $1.5 billion is just the tip of the investment iceberg. There are numerous other investors and business owners moving here from locally, interstate and overseas to set up or expand their operations in our city,” Cr Jonic said.
“The Ipswich region continues to see significant interest and investment in industrial land sales. While many of the active investments and businesses looking at Ipswich are commercial in nature, I can tell you there has been significant interest from advanced manufacturing businesses, large scale warehouses to new schools looking to expand in our region.”
A common theme in businesses considering a move to Ipswich is the availability of Industrial land and easy access to export markets via ports, quality infrastructure warehousing at competitive regional pricing.