Regional Roadmaps are strategic planning documents developed by each RDA in Australia. They describe their region’s significant assets, characteristics, industry, employment base and key advantages. They also set out each RDA’s economic vision for their region, and identify unifying goals and priorities for action.
The RDA Ipswich & West Moreton Regional Roadmap 2016-2020 arose from an extensive research process including stakeholder consultation, and analysis of existing plans, reports and statistical evidence.
The Ipswich and West Moreton region - around 13,000sq km - encompasses the Local Government Areas of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset (see map).
The region has significant diversity, with urban hubs and substantial areas of agricultural and recreational land. It has some of Queensland’s largest areas of developable industrial land and master-planned communities, in close proximity to ports, road and rail networks.
There is above average population growth forecast to more than double over the next 20 years, with an increase by 2031 of around 374,000 additional residents to 641,000. Collectively, this presents an opportunity to service demands for a diverse range of economic, social and environmental imperatives, but will put enormous pressure on resources, service capability and infrastructure.