Ipswich – Community+Defence

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Ipswich city is ideally positioned on the national road network – 40 minutes drive from Brisbane and its airports, and an hour from the Gold Coast. Ipswich comprises an area of 1207 square kms and has a population of 180,000 people, and growing.

Ipswich offers all the modern facilities and attractions of a progressive city. From a city reliant on past economic strengths of coal mining, railway workshops and a variety of other manufacturing enterprises, Ipswich has transformed into a city creating new development, business and employment opportunities for its citizens. As Queensland’s oldest provincial city, Ipswich has a rich history. It is renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Ipswich proudly preserves and operates from many of its historical buildings and homes, with more than 6000 heritage-listed sites.

Culture

Ipswich Civic Hall was officially opened on July 19, 1975. At that time, the Civic Hall was largely seen as a community centre. These days, the facility is so much more, thanks largely to the Festival of Theatre Program. Through this vibrant, evolving initiative, Ipswich Civic Hall has reinvented itself as a stunning combination of premier entertainment venue and community-focused function centre. Ipswich hosts regular national and local festivals and events such as the Queensland Open Golf Championships, Ipswich Cup – the city’s annual major horse race, drag racing’s finest at the Winternationals held at Willowbank Raceway, Queensland 400 V8 supercars at Queensland Raceway, and the Ipswich Festival.

Parks and Gardens

Ipswich’s River Heart Parklands brings alive the Bremer River. The parkland is situated on 1.5 hectares of land, which has been transformed into a widely recognised leisure facility. Queens Park contains significant cultural heritage values not only for Ipswich but for Queensland. It is perhaps Ipswich’s most well-known landmark.

Defence

RAAF Base Amberley is the largest operational base in the Air Force employing approximately 4,500 Service and civilian personnel. This accounts for about 10,000 people contributing to the Ipswich and Brisbane communities. Defence is a major contributor to the economy of Ipswich. Defence personnel and families are regarded as important members of the Ipswich community.

CITY VIBE

Heritage Buildings

Ipswich is a town rich in history. In the 1850s, Ipswich aspired to become the capital of Queensland. Although it lost this honour to Brisbane, it was a prosperous and confident city and this is reflected in its buildings which include imposing public offices, several of the oldest churches in Queensland, legendary pubs, numerous fine mansions and a large number of historic houses and cottages.

Ipswich Art Gallery

Ipswich Art Gallery is located in the restored old town hall in the heart of Ipswich Central. The Gallery presents a program of changing exhibitions, heritage displays and art workshops. It is one of the most-visited regional art galleries in Australia. The Gallery is wheelchair and pram-friendly with a large internal lift.

Queens Park

Queens Park contains significant cultural heritage values not only for Ipswich but for Queensland, as it was the first park to be developed in Queensland, first being surveyed in 1842. Within Queens Park you will find the Ipswich Nature Centre, where you will see a range of Australian wildlife, including emus, wallabies and koalas. Entry is free, and the kids will love it.

Nerima Gardens

Located within Queens Park, Nerima Gardens are the Japanese Gardens of Ipswich. A place of peace and tranquillity, a place to meet nature and calm the spirit. Its close proximity to the Ipswich City Centre allows for easy access to shady gardens and a relaxing lunch time outing.

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