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.

Health worker banned over oral sex during examination

Health worker banned for performing oral sex on patient

Minister announces more schools for Caboolture

IMPRESSED: State Minister for Education Kate Jones at the Bellmere State School official opening.

Minister announces more schools for Caboolture

$100m for new medical centre

HEALTH SOLUTION: Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick, Member of Pumicestone, Rick Williams and Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan at the site of the new medical centre.

$100m for new medical centre

Latest deals and offers

Who will snag Longman this election day?

Election day is here - and here is what you need to know, from stats to sausage sizzle locations.

Health worker banned over oral sex during examination

Health worker banned for performing oral sex on patient

Minister announces more schools for Caboolture

IMPRESSED: State Minister for Education Kate Jones at the Bellmere State School official opening.

Minister announces more schools for Caboolture

$100m for new medical centre

HEALTH SOLUTION: Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick, Member of Pumicestone, Rick Williams and Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan at the site of the new medical centre.

$100m for new medical centre

Urban Country Music cancelled for 2017

Headline act Troy Cassar-Daley did not disappoint at the 2016 Urban  Country Music Festival on Saturday, April 30. Photo Kyle Zenchyson / Caboolture News

Urban Country Music cancelled for 2017

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

Dash Cam of Slip in Snow

Even light snow can be hazardous.

Dash cam shows how easy it is to lose control in even light snow.

Chaos outside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Distress as cars escape Istanbul airport after bombing.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward