City of Ipswich

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Coordinates: 27°36′40.37″S 152°45′41.95″E / 27.6112139°S 152.7616528°E / -27.6112139; 152.7616528

City of Ipswich
Queensland
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Location within South East Queensland
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City of Ipswich Coat of Arms
Population 200,000 (2017) (26th)
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Established 1860
Area 1,203.7 km2 (464.8 sq mi)
Mayor Andrew Antoniolli
Council seat Ipswich
Region South East Queensland
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
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Website City of Ipswich
LGAs around City of Ipswich:
Somerset Somerset City of Brisbane
Lockyer Valley City of Ipswich City of Logan
Southern Downs Scenic Rim City of Logan

The City of Ipswich is a local government area in Queensland, Australia, located in the southwest of the Brisbane metropolitan area, including the urban area surrounding the suburb of Ipswich and surrounding rural areas. Ipswich's population is estimated to grow from the current number of 200,000 people to around 435,000 by 2031.[1]

Geography[edit]

The City of Ipswich is centrally located in the South East Queensland region of Australia. Ipswich governs the outer western portion of the Brisbane Metropolitan Area, Queensland, Australia. It covers an area of 1,090 square kilometres (420.9 sq mi) along the coast about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southwest of Brisbane CBD. To the east is the City of Brisbane local government area, and to the west are the rural and agricultural areas of the Brisbane, Lockyer and Fassifern Valleys.

History[edit]

Ipswich Post Office, c. 1890
Ipswich in flood, 1893

Ipswich is the second-oldest local government area in Queensland, after Brisbane. On 16 November 1859, after the enactment of the Municipalities Act of 1858 in New South Wales,[2] a petition containing 91 signatures was received by the Governor of New South Wales seeking to have Ipswich, which at the time had 3,000 people, granted municipal town status. The petition was gazetted the following day, and no counter-petition was received.[3][4][5]

On 29 November, the letters patent authorised by Queen Victoria which were to make Queensland a separate colony were published in New South Wales, and the petition was forwarded to the new Queensland governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen. On 10 December 1859, the same day that the letters patent were published in Queensland, the petition was regazetted. On 3 March 1860 the Borough of Ipswich was proclaimed, and its first elections were held on 19 April 1860, where John Murphy became its first Mayor. The Municipality's corporate logo was designed by Reverend Lacey H. Rumsey, the rector of St Paul's Church in Ipswich in 1861.[3][4][5]

Ipswich applied on 22 November 1904 to become a City, the status being conferred by the Government of Queensland on 1 December 1904 and its first mayor was Hugh Reilly.[5] On its declaration, the City of Ipswich covered only the central area of Ipswich itself – even what are today considered inner suburbs were parts of different entities.

Beginning in 1994 Ipswich adopted an innovative, community-based, information technology project which aimed to make the city a technology hub at the forefront of the growing move towards the information superhighway.[6] The most prominent feature of the initiative, which was called Global Info-Links, was the development of a new library with free public internet access and the development of a wide area network to which people could subscribe.

Council plaque at the Central Congregational Church Manse, 2015

In October 2000, the council began erecting cast brass plaques at significance heritage sites.[7]

The Greater Ipswich Scheme of 1916[edit]

On 13 October 1916, a rationalisation of the local government areas in and around Ipswich was implemented. It involved the abolition of five shires:[8][9]

resulting in:

  • an enlarged City of Ipswich by including part of the Shire of Brassall and part of the Shire of Bundanba[10]
  • a new Shire of Ipswich by amalgamating part of the Shire of Brassall, part of the Shire of Bundanba, part of the Shire of Walloon and all of the Shire of Purga[11]
  • an enlarged Shire of Rosewood by including part of the Shire of Walloon
  • an enlarged Shire of Esk by including all of the Shire of Lowood[12]

Greater Ipswich Scheme of 1949[edit]

On 29 January 1949, a new Local Government Act was enacted to further amalgamate local government in the Ipswich area, abolishing the Shires of Normanby and Rosewood. The City of Ipswich was enlarged (from 12¼ square miles to 30 square miles) to include the more urban parts of the Shire of Moreton (formerly known as the Shire of Ipswich). The Shire of Moreton was then enlarged by the inclusion of the northern part of the Shire of Normanby and all the Shire of Rosewood. The southern part of the Shire of Normanby was transferred to an enlarged Shire of Boonah.[13][14][15]

Further enlargement[edit]

The Shire of Moreton amalgamated with Ipswich on 11 March 1995.[16]

Loss of rural areas[edit]

In March 2000, Ipswich ceded some rural territory in Mount Walker, Mutdapilly, Rosevale and Warrill View to the neighbouring Shire of Boonah. Following the major reforms of local government in Queensland, on 15 March 2008, Ipswich lost the largely rural areas of Harrisville and Peak Crossing in its southeast to the new Scenic Rim Region.

On 31 October 2012, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ecco Ripley housing development project was conducted by then Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale and Sekisui House.[17]

Divisions[edit]

The local government has 10 Councillors each representing one division (or ward). Each Councillor serves a four-year term. The Mayor is directly elected by the people every 4 years. Elected mayor of 2016, Paul Pisasale,[18] resigned on 6 June 2017 citing health concerns (specifically multiple sclerosis).[19][19][20]

Division 7 Councillor Andrew Antoniolli and Deputy Mayor Paul Tully both contested the 2017 Ipswich Mayoral By-Election, held on 19 August 2017. Councillor Antoniolli was elected Mayor with 34.57% of the primary vote and 54.44% after preferences, with Paul Tully winning 30.83% of the primary vote and 45.56% after preferences.[21]

After Andrew Antoniolli's election as Mayor, a By-Election for the vacant Division 7 was held on 7 October 2017. David Martin was elected with 23.65% of the vote. |Antoniolli won the 2017 Ipswich City Council Mayoral By-Election, triggered by the resignation of former mayor, Paul Pisasale who was charged with multiple counts of corruption. In May 2018 Andrew Antoniolli was charged with seven counts of corruption forcing him to stand down and administrators to take over Ipswich City Council.[19][22] |} [23]

From 2017, the divisional Councillors are:[24][25]

Councillor Declared political membership Term Constituency
Former Mayor Andrew Antoniolli ALP 2017–2018 Former Mayor - has currently stood aside
Cr. David Morrison Independent 2000–present Division 1
Cr. Paul Tully ALP 1979–present Division 2
Cr. Kerry Silver ALP 2016–present Division 3
Cr. Kylie Stoneman ALP 2016–present Division 4
Cr. Wayne Wendt ALP 2016–present Division 5
Cr. Cheryl Bromage ALP 2004–present Division 6
Cr. David Martin Independent 2017–present Division 7
Cr. Charlie Pisasale Independent 1995–present Division 8
Cr. Sheila Ireland Independent 2004–present Division 9
Cr. David Pahlke Independent 1995–present Division 10

Mayors[edit]

Suburbs[edit]

The City of Ipswich includes the following settlements:

1 - split with Scenic Rim Region
2 - not to be confused with White Rock in Cairns Region

Services[edit]

Ipswich City Council operates three public libraries at Ipswich Central, Redbank, and Redbank Plains.[26] It also operates a mobile library service to Booval, Brassall, Camira, Flinders View (Winston Glades) Goodna, Grandchester, Karalee, Marburg, Rosewood, South Ripley, Springfield Central, Walloon, and Willowbank.[27]

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Council, Ipswich City. "Ipswich Population Modeller identifies 200,000th resident". www.ipswich.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  2. ^ 22 Vic No. 13 (Imp), assented 27 October 1858
  3. ^ a b Larcombe, F.A. (Frederick) (1973). The Origin of Local Government in New South Wales 1831–58. Sydney University Press. pp. 273–274. ISBN 0-424-06610-6. 
  4. ^ a b National Archives of Australia (2005). "Letters Patent erecting Colony of Queensland 6 June 1859 (UK)". Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c Ipswich City Council (17 October 2007). "Council History". Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  6. ^ Mal, Bryce (2010). Australia's First Online Community Ipswich Queensland. Xlibris Corporation. p. 75. ISBN 9781456813314. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Heritage Trails and Historical Markers". Ipswich City Council. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Greater Ipswich Scheme". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 14 October 1916. p. 4. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Local Authorities Act 1902 – Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 13 October 1916. p. 1916:1093. 
  10. ^ "Agency ID992, Ipswich City Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Agency ID995, Ipswich Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Agency ID11326, Lowood Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Local Government Acts 1936–1948 – Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 29 January 1949. p. 1949:343. 
  14. ^ "GREATER IPSWICH AREA BY MAY". Queensland Times (DAILY ed.). Ipswich, Queensland: National Library of Australia. 28 January 1949. p. 1. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "BIGGER SHIRES OPERATE SOON". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 15 January 1949. p. 4. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Local Government Act 1993 – Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 March 1995. p. 1995:1381. 
  17. ^ Geoff Egan (1 November 2012). "Massive housing project launches". Queensland Times. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "2016 Ipswich City Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 19 April 2016. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c "Pisasale steps down as Ipswich Mayor in hospital gown amid CCC investigation". ABC News. 6 June 2017. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  20. ^ "Subscribe to The Courier-Mail". www.couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  21. ^ "Results - 2017 Ipswich Mayoral By-Election". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. 
  22. ^ Cite error: The named reference :1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  23. ^ "Results - Division 7 By-Election". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Archived from the original on 14 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  24. ^ "2016 Ipswich City Council - Councillor Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 19 April 2016. Archived from the original on 25 May 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  25. ^ "Ipswich City Council - Mayor and Councillors". City of Ipswich. Archived from the original on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  26. ^ "Ipswich Libraries: Hours/Locations". Ipswich City Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  27. ^ "Ipswich Libraries: Mobile library schedule of stops - January to June 2018" (PDF). Ipswich City Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  28. ^ "Sister Cities : Ipswich City Council". www.ipswich.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  29. ^ "Brisbane, Ipswich to become sister cities with Hyderabad, India". Retrieved 2017-03-06. 

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