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A Place with Identity (Ipswich)

by Tony Wang on December 21, 2018
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A growing city

Ipswich’s population is projected to more than double over the next 12 years, according to the local council.

Nov 8, 2018 News – The population of Ipswich has cracked the 215,000 mark. Council’s Planning and Development Quarterly Activity Report for July-September 2018 confirms the city’s continuing high population growth rate – now soaring to 5.38 per cent. An extra 2,858 people now call Ipswich home, increasing our population to 215,391.

“The city’s average age is only 32 so a successful central district needs to provide employment but it also needs to offer young people and families a place to go for entertainment, education, shopping and dining.”

While it’s expected new businesses, retailers and visitors will be attracted to the area after the redevelopment, Chair Councillor Paul Tully says the new city centre will also improve surrounding property values.

Springfield Lakes City

Singapore-based Broadway Malyan will design a 52-hectare “health city” in expanding Springfield, pegged to have a total end value of $6 billion if the development plan is fully realised.

The site, already home to the Mater Hospital and Aveo seniors’ accommodation, will be fully integrated with the master plan encompassing education and research facilities, a 2500 apartment aged care facility, business facilities along with residential and retail offerings across the 52- hectare site.

A key feature of the project includes a Living Lab, which the urban planners say will act as a test bed for new technology related to smart living and healthcare.

Springfield founder and property mogul Maha Sinnathamby purchased the 7000 acre parcel of land no developer wanted to touch in 1992. Three decades later, Greater Springfield has transitioned from a completely undeveloped site to a residential population of 36,000 with estimates 150,000 will call Springfield home come 2035.

Located on Brisbane’s fringes, at 33-kilometres from the CBD, Greater Springfield sits among one of Australia’s fastest urban-growth corridors.

To date, more than $15 billion has been invested by public and private stakeholders into the master planned city, with estimates the area will be worth more than $85 billion upon completion.

Nearby development includes South Ripley’s $1.2 billion master planned community, which last month celebrated the opening of the $40 million first stage of its Ripley Town Centre, by developer Sekisui.

The state government has spent $1.5 billion on major infrastructure items in the western corridor since 2005, with an additional $500 million recently announced to further support the corridor’s growth objectives.

“This is one of the most city-altering redevelopments in Australia, and Ipswich is the envy of many councils because we’ve been presented with a unique opportunity to create a City heart from scratch.”

News on Developers has applied to build as of May 2018.

Per Queensland Times News 24/5/18

THERE are grand plans for new development in Ipswich and Springfield, with a gym, shopping centre expansion, beekeeping, vet and plenty more proposed this month.

Here’s a snapshot of development applications before Ipswich City Council this month.

Shopping centre extension, Silkstone Village
Already the centre has a Coles Supermarket and Liqorland plus a bakery, tobacconist, café, nail salon, petrol station and fast food outlets.
Gym, Redbank Plains
RAAF Base extension, Amberly
Special industry, Redbank Plains
Vet on Warwick Rd, Ipswich
Ipswich Turf Club Extension
Beekeeping Mur Blvd, Springfield
Three-storey, $1 million mega playground, Springfield

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