A new vision for our city

Council has now adopted iFuture: Your vision, our journey, council’s plan. iFuture is council’s leading strategic plan. It will guide all decisions and actions that council undertakes over the next five years. It provides council with a 20-year vision for Ipswich as well as a five year roadmap. On 1 July 2021, it will replace Advance Ipswich and the current corporate plan.

iFuture is built on what the community told council matters to them. It reflects how people want Ipswich to look and feel like by the year 2041. The project brought together the diverse voices of over 2000 people between August 2020 and February 2021. At least 18,000 people were informed of the project, and had a direct opportunity to take part.

The document library on the right of this page contains everything you need to know. This includes the iFuture plan itself which includes the vision, a detailed community engagement report and the decisions register.

Ipswich. A city of opportunity for all. Join us.

Consider iFuture's themes

Theme 1 - Vibrant & Growing

In 2041 Ipswich has been Queensland’s fastest growing city with South East Queensland’s youngest population and we were well prepared for the growth of our city. We are a city of centres, with activated places and spaces where we can enjoy creative pursuits and active recreation or relaxing time with our families or loved ones. Our city has dedicated places for dining, and night-time entertainment. Our economy is thriving with businesses ranging from the bespoke and entrepreneurial to the international and established. We drive opportunities for prosperity and support businesses to meet consumer needs and deliver reliable and skilled jobs.

What could council do to improve our plan for 'Vibrant & Growing'?

28 February, 2021

job_a says:

“Change the r to an l. "Vibrant and glowing" sounds much better. (Glowing like a proud parent, not a nuclear waste dump) ”

26 February, 2021

cecelia_charlotte says:

“More footpaths - many older suburbs don't have them. Well-connected cycling infrastructure so that cycling is a safe and desirable option.”

25 February, 2021

KarG says:

“Many older suburbs neglected. All need curb, channelling and driveways installed to update. Also a swimming pool in central Ipswich area”

24 February, 2021

fran_graham says:

“More ‘play’ spaces for the young. Brisbane has so many cool putt putt and adventure playgrounds, yet we hardly have anything like that. ”

16 February, 2021

pauline_bradbery says:

“A better platform to understand the opportunities available for all ages.”

13 February, 2021

HeidiBronwyn says:

“Safe footpaths enabling pedestrian access to parks, shops, walking for fitness. Road infrastructure to cope with busy school, work hours.”

11 February, 2021

JustinOJ says:

“Redbank Plains suburb need more infrastructure developments such as better parks and shopping center like Springfield Lakes.”

11 February, 2021

Olivia says:

“I would like more walkable, pedestrian friendly places in the inner CBD, like South Bank, to increase customer numbers for businesses there.”

11 February, 2021

SpringfieldPhillip says:

“More footpaths, shade trees and zoning for suburban cafes & general stores please. The more we walk the more we meet each other!”

10 February, 2021

Leah says:

“The Ipswich to Springfeld train corridor is inevitable. Ipswich Hospital needs more infrastructure and expansion to cater to growing needs.”

8 February, 2021

Michelle says:

“Growing doesn’t mean cramming as many houses as possible into ghetto like estates. Improve the roads add bridges and train corridors. ”

8 February, 2021

warran says:

“bring in events like iceskateing remodel limstone park like they are doing to victoria park in brissy need to really have somthing more”

Theme 2 - Safe, Inclusive & Creative

In 2041 we welcome, support, celebrate and include people from all backgrounds, cultures and abilities, and we know that wherever we live, work or play we feel like we belong and we feel safe. It is easy to access the social and health services from a coordinated network that focuses on prevention and intervention where and when it’s needed. Our arts and culture scene is thriving and attracting locals and visitors to be a part of it.

What could council do to improve our plan for 'Safe, Inclusive & Creative'?

16 February, 2021

pauline_bradbery says:

“Our city needs a creative hub both physically and online. ”

11 February, 2021

Olivia says:

“Support, encourage and preserve cultural events, societies and initiatives that preserve all our peoples culture, places, and history. ”

Theme 3 - Natural & Sustainable

In 2041 we love and enjoy our waterways, our bushland, our flora and fauna and our cultural landscapes. We are continuing our work towards a sustainable future that mitigates environmental impacts and adapts to a changing climate. We are known nationally for being clean, green and a city with a circular economy.

What could council do to improve our plan for 'Natural & Sustainable'?

16 February, 2021

pauline_bradbery says:

“Ban all single use plastics Ban other plastics unless the product is repairable or reusable. Buy local ( really pushed in the community)”

11 February, 2021

Olivia says:

“Hire qualified ecologists to do extensive field research to identify priority species and populations, and publish findings publicly. ”

11 February, 2021

Olivia says:

“What I've seen with the wildlife corridors is very encouraging, but corridors and parks need extensive pest and weed management.”

11 February, 2021

SpringfieldPhillip says:

“Our local park loses its topsoil down the drain each time it rains. Could residents work with the council to establish a plan to fix this?”

4 February, 2021

BelLa says:

“More focus on recycling. Reclaim New Chum as a central hub for public recreation. Bike trails, sports fields, natural vegetation, parklands.”

4 February, 2021

KellyM says:

“Trees, gardens and outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed by local residents without car travel.”

3 February, 2021

Nathanael says:

“A comprehensive walking/cycling path network that connects the whole area, allowing both recreational and commuting travel.”

3 February, 2021

Nathanael says:

“I think White Rock Conservation Estate can be utilised better, more parking and picnic facilities.”

Theme 4 - A Trusted & Leading Organisation

In 2041 our community trusts the elected council and staff to make decisions that are transparent, accountable and are in the best interest of the current community and for the future generations to come. We are leaders in customer service, good governance, financial and risk management. The community and customer is at the centre of everything council does. Our culture ensures we have an empowered, connected, resilient workforce where we care, support and protect the wellbeing of each other.

What could council do to improve our plan for 'A Trusted & Leading Organisation'?

16 February, 2021

pauline_bradbery says:

“Continue to employ individuals who have a fantastic skillset, who value our community and can back that up with their actions and reputation”

11 February, 2021

SpringfieldPhillip says:

“More community engagement through surveys & forums (like this) please! Can residents petition to propose town hall discussion topics?”