Ipswich City Council

Council Of Mayors | South East Queensland


There are many great reasons to invest in Ipswich. Ipswich is a city with modern infrastructure, educational facilities, a diverse range of sectors and a number of residential developments planned to cater for a growing population.

The $19 billion Greater Springfield development, awarded World’s Best Master Planned Community 2010, is designed to grow to an ultimate population 85,000. This growth has been bolstered by the recent opening of the first stage of the $1.27 billion rail connection from Darra Springfield, due for completion in 2013.

The Ripley Valley Urban Development Area was declared on 8 October 2010 and covers a total area of 4,680 hectares, master-planned to be a model community for a projected population of 120,000 people in a functional network of neighbourhoods, centres and villages. Stage 1 developer, Sekisui House, is committed to building a totally sustainable and accessible community that respects and complements the natural environment.

Ipswich is the only Australian city to be listed with the World Technopolis Association providing access to international trading networks, and has Honorary Ambassador program which identifies overseas trading networks and export opportunities for local businesses.

Ipswich is open for business.

Acting Mayor Wayne Wendt

Acting Mayor Wayne Wendt

+61 7 3810 6201

Councillor Wendt was elected to the Ipswich City Council as the representative for Division 5 on 19 March 2016, and currently has the role of Acting Mayor.

He commenced employment with Queensland Rail in 1978 at the North Ipswich Railway Workshops. Subsequent to this he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting and eventually operated a successful accounting practice.

In 2006 he was elected as the Member for Ipswich West in the Queensland Parliament and served until 2012. After this he took up the position of CEO with the Ipswich Jets Rugby League Club which saw him involved in bringing the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership, Intrust Super Cup Premiership and NRL State Championship trophies to Ipswich in 2015.

Councillor Wendt has a strong background in meeting the needs of the people within the area he represents. As part of his Council responsibilities, he has been appointed as Chair of Council’s City Management and Finance Committee, and is also the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Councillor Wendt and his wife Diane have lived in Ipswich all their lives, and have raised two children, Katie and Michael. The whole family is committed to the future of Ipswich, all working in responsible jobs within the Ipswich community.