PROVIDING infrastructure for our growing city was the major focus when council handed down its 2017-2018 Budget recently. We're investing more money than ever before in roads, bridges and community facilities with spending on infrastructure up 46 per cent to $146 million.
We are addressing infrastructure needs fairly across the city to ensure we sustain and enhance the quality of life Ipswich residents rightfully expect and enjoy.
The environment was also given a significant boost with the launch of a new citywide Greening Ipswich Tree Program.
Under the program 500,000 trees will be planted over the next five years across Ipswich.
We are also investing $3 million for nature-based recreation and visitor infrastructure and backing programs that directly support our local koala, brush-tailed rock wallaby and platypus populations.
This year's budget will advance Ipswich as we deliver on our visionary plan to become Australia's most liveable and prosperous smart city.
The citywide kerbside collection program is continuing.
The program started in July and runs to September, with Ripley and South Ripley among suburbs that will get their turn in August.
It's a good opportunity to get rid of those unwanted items around home that you've been meaning to take to the tip. More information on what you can put out for pick up is available at ipswich.qld.gov.au/kerbside
Time is running out to get your entries in for this year's Ipswich City Council Enviroplan Photographic Competition. There's $3,000 worth of cash and prizes up for grabs. You don't have to be a pro to enter, photographers of all skill levels can get involved.
Entries are due by August 21 so get snapping.
More info at https://enviroplanphotocomp.com.au
The focus will be on our city's seniors later this month when Seniors Week 2017 is celebrated. Council has joined with U3A Ipswich and West Moreton to host a free See Create Connect Expo.
The expo will help seniors with ideas and information to enjoy a life full of possibilities and adventures.
It will be held on August 22 from 10am to 2pm at North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre, 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich.