Privately-owned developer Orchard Property Group has unveiled plans for a $105 million house and land development in Ipswich’s southern corridor.
The 502-lot Ripley masterplan, currently under construction, has to date seen 63 lots outlaid as part of its first release, with sites ranging in size from 362sq m to 600sq m.
Gold Coast-based Orchard picked up the 34-hectare site, located in the Ripley Valley priority development area, from a group of investors for $11 million late last year.
The masterplan project, Orchard’s second-largest following its $120 million 650-lot Pebble Creek project at South Maclean, further adds to the developer’s pipeline of more than 2,000 lots across five different projects around south east Queensland.
It has also been driven by a $7.2 million infrastructure grant from Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) to undertake a major upgrade of Binnies Road, providing access to the site.
“Over the last decade, Deebing Heights has emerged as one of the hidden gems in the Ripley Valley growth area with schools, shopping and recreation facilities all just a short drive away,” Orchard Property Group managing director Brent Hailey said.
“Ipswich is the fastest-growing region in Queensland, with annual population growth of more than 4 per cent with 70 per cent of that growth occurring in the region between Ipswich CBD and Springfield.”
The Ripley Valley PDA, located about five kilometres south-west of the Ipswich CBD and around 50 kilometres from Brisbane CBD, was declared in 2010 and covers 4,680 hectares.
Hailey said enquiry had picked up around the project, dubbed “Aurora”, with the Home Builder grant and the state government’s first homebuyer grant providing renewed incentives for buyers.
While the Home Builder scheme was a difficult pickup for developers looking at “quick turnaround” products—especially with greenfield sites requiring local authorities to set up the infrastructure such as roads, curbs, water, sewerage, electricity and so on—the timing of Orchard’s release has been opportunistic.
The project also sits within close proximity to the newly-built Deebing Heights State School which opened in 2016.
“The suburb has been in the shadow of the larger Ripley area for many years, but its proximity to the Ipswich CBD, Amberley RAAF base and other employment hubs has established it as property hotspot in its own right,” Hailey said.
To date the Queensland government has spent upwards of $1.5 billion on major infrastructure items in the western corridor since 2005.
A further $500 million was announced midway through last year to support the $366 million extension of the Centenary Highway and the extension of the passenger rail line from Darra to Springfield.
It will also support the Centenary Highway duplication to Springfield valued at $1.27 billion, as well as a $124 million extension of the Ipswich Hospital.
Japanese-backed developer Sekisui House last year raised plans for its $1.5 billion masterplan vision for Ripley Town Centre, a development spanning a 40-hectare site.
The $40 million first stage of the town centre, to be constructed by Hutchinson Builders, includes a Coles supermarket, specialty shops, medical centre and office space in a 9,400sq m market-style complex.
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Ipswich community feedback called for Richardson Park design
Residents and families can share their thoughts on modern amenities, beautified landscaping and an immersive ‘river life’ playground that are detailed in council’s concept plan for upgrading Richardson Park in Goodna.
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chairperson Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the detailed concept design was developed using the community feedback council received in February.
“The playground, amenities block and exercise equipment in Richardson Park are in need of replacing, and an upgrade will provide a renewed space that highlights the special local environment for young and old,” Mayor Harding said.
“All amenities and exercise equipment will be upgraded and the new playground centrepiece will be a ropes and climbing structure, creating a river life-themed playground suitable for young children to play on and explore imaginary waterways.”
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Deputy Chairperson and Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said the community can view and share feedback on the concept design on Shape Your Ipswich.
“Important features of the concept design include a nature area with a dry creek bed and water play equipment, more seats to take in the wonderful views of the Brisbane River, retention of the magnificent Jacaranda trees and more garden beds,” Cr Tully said.
“The detailed concept plan also includes improved lighting for security and safety, renovated and accessible toilets and more modern fitness equipment.”
Division 2 Councillor Nicole Jonic said the community can share their thoughts about the detailed concept plan online now until the end of the month.
“The concept plan has reimagined Richardson Park including open green spaces for picnics near the existing flying fox as well as a looped path for exercise,” Cr Jonic said.
“I encourage residents to again take part in our community consultation process and tell us what they like or want added to the final design of the park.”
Construction is scheduled to begin next financial year.
Article source: www.ipswichfirst.com.au
Ipswich infrastructure critical to keep Queensland’s fastest-growing region moving
Infrastructure critical to the future of Ipswich’s major population centres is in desperate need of significant investment, with no Federal election candidate yet committing investment to prevent gridlock from stunting economic productivity, future growth and the region’s liveability.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the Centenary Highway was one significant area that needed urgent planning, design and delivery of critical upgrades that were already lagging behind the population boom.
“As the Federal election draws near, council is calling on candidates to invest in the fastest-growing city in Queensland,” Mayor Harding said.
“Ipswich has the most rapid population growth of any local government area in Queensland with 6,000 new residents each year.”
Mayor Harding said that population growth was centred on hotspot areas connected by the Centenary Highway – including Greater Springfield, Ripley Valley Priority Development Area and Redbank Plains.
“That population growth is set to continue with an abundant pipeline of new land for housing along that corridor,” Mayor Harding said.
Mayor Harding said the Centenary Highway in particular, was essential to the movement of people and freight around South-East Queensland.
“Without public transport options – such as the Ipswich to Springfield Central Public Transport Corridor –hundreds of thousands of new residents and businesses will be forced to use the highways, leading to congestion and putting the brakes on the economic and social growth for the whole region,” Mayor Harding said.
Deputy Mayor Division 1 Councillor Jacob Madsen said Ripley Valley was deemed a Priority Development Area (PDA) by the State Government, but coordinated action from all levels of government was required to address a $92 million catalytic funding shortfall.
“We are preparing for another 120,000 new residents moving into the Ripley corridor over the next 20 years – as well as other new housing developments in surrounding areas – and significant upgrades are required to the Centenary Highway and associated road network to cater for this growth,” Cr Madsen said.
Division 1 Councillor Sheila Ireland said the Ripley Valley PDA was one of the largest growth areas in Australia, covering 4,860 hectares and set to have a total of 135,000 people in 50,000 dwellings.
“We are only at the beginning of the boom in Ripley Valley. If the State and Federal governments are serious about liveability in South-East Queensland they will invest in the infrastructure this nationally-significant area needs before it is too late,” Cr Ireland said.
Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said the current state of the Centenary Highway with the 60km/hr roundabouts and single-lane 100km/hr sections was already struggling with the growing volume of traffic.
“It is critical that these upgrades are planned and funded by the State and Federal governments to confirm interchange locations and configurations and unlock the ongoing development of the Springfield region, Ripley and beyond,” Cr Tully said.
Division 2 Councillor Nicole Jonic said council was calling for immediate action on the planning of corridor duplication and the Centenary Highway/Augusta Parkway interchange.
“Ipswich is a high-growth city that requires investment in strategic roads to ensure people and freight continue to move safely and efficiently,” Cr Jonic said.
Article source: www.ipswichfirst.com.au
Drinks making giant brings the fizz to Ipswich with $400m project
International beverage company Frucor Suntory will develop a $400 million facility in Ipswich.
The project was expected to generate about 45o jobs during construction next year and 160 operational jobs from 2024.
Among Frucor’s brands are V, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and 7Up.
The company has found a 17-ha greenfield site in the New-Gen Business Park at Swanbank.
Chief executive Darren Fullerton said the investment recognised the growth trajectory the company believed was possible.
He said the company wanted the new facility is set a benchmark for its investment in sustainable technologies that would also drive efficiency and minimise the carbon footprint.
The facility would include beverage processing, packaging, warehousing and distribution.
“Pending approvals we’re planning to start work on construction in the third quarter of this year and commence operations in mid-2024,” Fullerton said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was a coup for the state given that Queensland was selected ahead of other states.
“The value of attracting this investment to Queensland will have significant benefits for our economic recovery and most importantly it will create new jobs for Queenslanders,” she said.
Article Source: inqld.com.au
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