Business

Ipswich employees earn more than Gold Coast neighbours

How much money would it take for you to leave the Coast for Ipswich?

This poll ended on 06 December 2012.

$44,785 - 9%

$50,000 - 3%

$65,000 - 9%

$80,000 - 9%

$100,000 - 32%

There's not enough money in the world to make me move to Ipswich - 35%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

IPSWICH is no longer the poorer cousin of the Gold Coast.

Former Gold Coast mayor Ron Clarke used to put Ipswich down, but Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures reveal that Ipswich wage earners bring home on average more than their Gold Coast counterparts.

The ABS figures, for the 2009-10 financial year, show that wage earners in Ipswich bring home on average $44,785. The Gold Coast average is $43,018 while Logan's is $42,985.

Cr Paul Tully said the figures were "extraordinary".

"People of Ipswich can be proud of being ahead of the Gold Coast," he said.

"No one could have ever imagined that even five years ago. The former mayor of the Gold Coast, Ron Clarke, was constantly putting Ipswich down, but now we have leapt ahead of them in terms of weekly earnings.

"This reminds me of the days when Peter Beattie dubbed Ipswich as 'the new Ipswich' - the emerging Ipswich with a bigger population and a lot more development. This is a major boost to the economy of the city and will continue to make Ipswich a place where people want to live.

"I'll predict that Ipswich will go even further ahead when the Ripley Valley development kicks off."

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the Ipswich figures were encouraging and showed the city was "on an upward spiral".

"If you look at the last lot of figures we were behind some of our neighbours, but we have pegged that back," he said.

"We are starting to attract some good jobs. When you look at the aerospace industry, the manufacturing industry and our universities that are producing young doctors, it is all looking good."

Cr Pisasale said the figures didn't tell the full story about why Ipswich was a desirable place to live.

"It is not the money; what has made Ipswich strong is the way we care for each other," he said.

Wage earners in the Lockyer Valley bring home $39,444 on average while those in the Somerset earn $42,927 and those in the Scenic Rim $43,046. Ipswich is below the Brisbane average of $52,849 and just down on the Queensland average of $47,054.

AVERAGE EARNINGS:

  • Ipswich $44,785
  • Scenic Rim $43,046
  • Gold Coast $43,018
  • Sunshine Coast $41,365

Topics:  australian bureau of statistics gold coast


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Heatwave fatalities? Ambos' warn of heat stress danger

As the heatwave strikes, make sure you keep cool.

PARAMEDICS fear the looming Queensland heatwave could kill

Why old Telstra customers will lose service - permanently

TELSTRA will close its old 2G network on Thursday, December 1, meaning customers will need to upgrade to a more modern 3G phone.

What you need to know before Thursday

HEATWAVE: Towns to be scorched as temps pass 40°C

SUMMER is going to arrive at full force this week,

Local Partners

Car stolen from business

Police would like to talk to them in relation to a crime in Logan.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

'I need to do what I can': 65km walk for cancer patient

Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer.

What do you do when someone you love has terminal brain cancer?

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

Jonah Hill involved in a car accident

Jonah Hill was involved in a car crash on Saturday

Katie Holmes' empowering directorial debut

Katie Holmes

KATIE Holmes as made her directorial debut

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

Santos responds but Tully says easements issue must be addressed

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!