Despite initial fears about their relocation to Ipswich, it appears many staff of Seqwater, which runs South-East Queensland’s dams such as Wivenhoe and Somerset, have come to embrace the city. The local paper, the Queensland Times, which of course may show some bias toward its home town, has just run a story about how great things are for the relocated public servants (Workers enjoying the ‘Switch). Seqwater workers will certainly benefit from lower retail prices, particularly for food items, in Ipswich compared with Brisbane, as a recent Queensland Government Statistician report Prices across Queensland shows (see the chart I’ve copied and pasted below, which shows the percentage deviation from average Brisbane metro retail prices in each local government area). And the local community is benefitting, too. For example, Seqwater workers, who apparently enjoy their coffee, have signficantly boosted turnover at local cafes (Coffee gives workers and CBD financial hit).
Whether it was a sensible move or not, Seqwater is now at home in Ipswich and has added to the momentum of a region that is growing strongly, as I’ve previously posted on: