03 September 2019

SEQ Fire Ban from midnight tonight

SEQ Fire Ban 12.01am (Wednesday) 3 September until 11.59pm Friday 6 September across the following Local Government areas:

Lockyer Valley
Scenic Rim
Gold Coast.

All existing fire permits are cancelled. 

All open fires are prohibited with certain exceptions including a properly constructed barbeque which is not left unattended. 

Full details:

Media Release: Ipswich’s massive growth figures prove city’s case for next NRL team

Media Release: Former Ipswich Deputy Mayor Paul Tully

2 September 2019

Ipswich’s case to host a second NRL team for southeast Queensland has been boosted by new figures showing the city will have an annual population growth of 176% over the next 10 years compared with the past decade. 

This contrasts with its football rival Redcliffe in the Moreton Bay region with a projected annual growth of just 8% compared with their population growth from 2009 to 2019. 

Brisbane’s figure is an estimated minus 35% per year, Gold Coast 17% and Logan 63%.

The key figures of the 12 local government areas in southeast Queensland were released last week by leading housing market and residential property analyst Michael Matusik. 

Former Ipswich Deputy Mayor Paul Tully said the predictions proved the overwhelming strength of the Ipswich case.

He said the Western Corridor between Ipswich and Toowoomba was experiencing the highest rate of growth in Queensland and one of the highest in Australia. 

“The NRL and Channel 9 would have rocks in their head if they don’t follow the growth in the southeast corner. 

“Ipswich has been at the forefront of this push for a second NRL team for almost a decade. 

“The city is well-positioned to establish a major NRL training facility with games played at Suncorp Stadium to provide easy access for a new wave of supporters across southeast Queensland.”

Mr Tully said a relocated Sydney team to Ipswich or a completely new franchise would be a winner for Rugby League, the Nine Network and the current 400,000 population in the Western Corridor. 

“This will grow to a potential supporter base of well over half a million in the next 10 years,” Mr Tully said. 


Attached: Michael Matusik’s figures released last week:

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