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2000 jobs at multi-million dollar Ipswich project

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UPDATE 12.30PM: More than 2000 workers will be employed to build the new $15 million aged care facility at Eastern Heights.

Bulimba based builders Badge have been awarded the contract to deliver the 100 residence precinct by early 2018 with work expected to start in the coming weeks, following today’s official ground breaking and blessing ceremony.

Badge construction manager Brett Smith said there will be about 120 workers on site each day at the height of the project, in March and April next year.

“Throughout the construction we will have about 2000 people employed, including contractors, builders, trade workers and admin staff, and we’re looking at hiring local subcontractors now,” Mr Smith said.

The new facility will replace the ageing home on Limestone St and the name Villa Maria will be carried across, along with the residents.

While Catholic Healthcare has made every effort to preserve the legacy of its Limestone St site, first opened in 1952, there will be some major changes.

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For the first time ever, men will be allowed into Villa Maria.

It means husband and wife will no longer have to be separated and there will be six rooms specifically designed with couples in mind.

Villa Maria Manager Carol Nowak said there were often calls asking about accommodation for men which the women only facility couldn’t accommodate – yet.

Catholic Healthcare managing director David Maher said the project to replace Villa Maria had been in the pipeline for at least two and a half years; the demographics of Ipswich was evidence enough the community needed more aged care services.

“It’s very significant for us to be able to build a brand new service for the residents of Ipswich, but also to be able to make it two and half times bigger so we can provide a lot more services to more members of the community,” Mr Maher said.

9.30AM: Construction starts today on a new $15 million aged care facility at Eastern Heights that will see Villa Maria in the Ipswich CBD emptied.

The new development includes 100 new residences inside the fully serviced facility plus a café, hair salon, gardens and dining areas.

Almost half of the rooms, 40, have already been set aside for residents living at the aged Villa Maria nursing home, while the remaining 60 will be offered up to Ipswich seniors.

The facility is due to be finished early 2018 and developers, Catholic Healthcare, say the goal is to produce a precinct that is “as home like as possible”.

There are no plans yet for the future of the old Villa Maria site on Limestone St.

Catholic Healthcare operates 41 residential aged care services, ten retirement living communities and two healthcare services; caring for 6500 people.

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Sinnathamby’s 52-Hectare ‘Health City’ Vision for Springfield

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Sinnathamby’s 52-Hectare ‘Health City’ Vision for Springfield

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 masterplan 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 testbed 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.

Sinnathamby’s 52-Hectare ‘Health City’ Vision for Springfield

“Our approach promotes ease of movement, with a car-lite campus designed to create an open, walkable development, to subtly reinforce a health conscious environment.” Broadway Malyan Board Director Ed Baker.

Broadway Malyan director Ed Baker says the health city masterplan will see the creation of a community that functions beyond the working day.

“We have used the concept of healthy living as our guiding design principle, focusing on a development that will support and encourage the wellbeing of the people who will live, work and visit Health City.”

Springfield’s Health City marks Broadway Malyan’s first appointment in Australia, after securing the project through an international competition working alongside local partner Conrad Gargett.

Sinnathamby’s 52-Hectare ‘Health City’ Vision for Springfield

South Ripley’s $1.2 billion master planned community ‘Providence.’

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 masterplanned 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.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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High-rise care for elderly in heart of Ipswich CBD

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High-rise care for elderly in heart of Ipswich CBD

NEW ROLE: The Metro Hotel Ipswich International will undergo alterations in design and layout for aged-care facility. Rob Williams
IPSWICH is about to get another residential aged-care facility and this time it will be right in the middle of the Ipswich CBD. According to media articles the Metro International Hotel Ipswich is to be redeveloped into a residential aged-care high-rise facility by a company called Oracle Care.

The Queensland-based company is apparently a new operator in this market and is currently developing other facilities, three in Goodna, two others in Queensland and one in Western Australia, according to the Weekly Source.

The Queensland Times, Monday, May 7, in an article outlined the facility would “provide single ensuite rooms and double suites for couples”. The article commented further that the “existing building facade is to be retained but the hotel will undergo alterations to the existing layout and design”. Oracle will keep the ground-floor function rooms and dining areas for residents and the community alike.

Oracle Care was only incorporated in 2015 and the business is registered as an Australian Proprietary Company, limited by shares. This seems like a very large undertaking by such a young company and it makes me wonder just who is backing it.

Council of the Ageing Queensland, the sector’s peak body, has welcomed the proposed redevelopment as an efficient way to bring beds on-stream much earlier than building from scratch.

The question is, what is the cost to the short-term accommodation availability in this city. Ipswich does not have that much short-term accommodation as it is, especially when there are major events held in and around the city. So by reducing the accommodation rates by this redevelopment lessens that available space to cater for tourists and other visitors to our city.

The Metro International Hotel Ipswich is ideally located behind the Ipswich Civic Centre and caters to, or it did, patrons attending the many shows staged there. Many of the shows staged at the Civic Centre are very popular and much cheaper to attend than travelling to Brisbane. In fact many patrons to these shows come from other places and stay at the hotel behind the civic centre for the night.

According to Oracle, this redevelopment will create more than 200 jobs and if that is the case great. But realistically these types of developments start with this type of rhetoric which eventuates in much less than first anticipated. But what about the jobs that will be lost from the hospitality industry? What about the jobs lost by the cleaners and house attendants currently employed by the hotel? Is this development really only replacing jobs from one sector to another?

So, will hundreds of jobs be created or will they just be one industry replacing another. Will there be any benefit for Ipswich jobs? I really do not think so. I believe that discussion about jobs is just a smoke screen by another developer seeking to rip money out of this community as we have seen so many times before.

We, the community, need to stand up and let the elected and bureaucrats of council know that it is no longer accepted that they continue to rip the guts out of the CBD. And that is what this approval for this redevelopment is doing. It is not good enough to continue to blame another level of government. Our council needs to take responsibility for its own actions.

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$1.5 billion town centre officially open for business

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THE first stage of Ripley Town Centre officially opened on the weekend as the $1.5 billion precinct is expected to be a catalyst for major regional growth during the next decade.

The milestone marks one of the first major regional infrastructure deliveries in the Ripley region since October 2010 when the State Government nominated it as a priority development area to accelerate development for the growth requirements in South East Queensland (SEQ).

The Ripley population is tipped to soar by almost 28% each year during the next eight years, which will underpin the growth requirements in SEQ. Latest data from Urbis shows the Ripley catchment will be the fastest growing suburb in Queensland until 2026.

This pace makes it one of Queensland’s fastest-growing areas, with the district set to reach a scale comparable with Springfield or North Lakes in the future.

The State Government has spent upwards of $1.5 billion on major infrastructure items in the western corridor since 2005, and a further $500 million has recently been announced to support the corridor’s growth objectives.

These include the $366 million extension of the Centenary Highway, the extension of the passenger rail line from Darra to Springfield plus the Centenary Highway duplication to Springfield valued at $1.27 billion, as well as a $124 million extension of the Ipswich Hospital.

The $40 million first installment of Ripley Town Centre, developed by Sekisui House and constructed by Hutchinson Builders, is anchored by a Coles store.

The first stage reflects a marketplace theme and spans 9400sqm, including 20 specialty businesses, commercial office space and 360 car parks to support the growing Ripley community.

Among the retailers are BWS, Madhouse Discount Ripley, APAR Hair Studio, Gold Class Nails, Orion Massage, Eco Shot Café, Mum’s Bakehouse, Ripley News, Ecco Ripley Sales & Information Centre, The Discount Chemist, Ripley Dental Surgery, Ripley Veterinary Hospital and opening soon Ripley Medical Centre and Chinese Lor Restaurant.

Sekisui House Australia CEO Toru Abe described the town centre opening as a “game-changer” for the western growth corridor, noting it was set to become a vital commercial and community hub for southeast Queensland.

Mr Abe said the site would ultimately turn into a 25ha precinct offering up to 1,000,000sqm of planned commercial, office and retail floor space as well as a dining precinct, regional transit hub, community and entertainment facilities, health and education, open spaces and new inner-urban residential nodes.

“Ripley Town Centre will epitomize the 20-minute neighbourhood – with everything located within 20 walking minutes,” he said.

The eco-friendly town centre recently received a 5 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, after complying with strict criteria for sustainable design and construction across nine categories.

Mr Abe said the rating showed that Green Star transformation of the built environment wasn’t confined to Australia’s capital cities.

“Regional projects can lead on sustainability,” he said. “This project is packed with intelligent design features such as the rooftop solar that doubles as carpark shading and reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 15 per cent.

“Sustainability excellence was a primary objective of the Ripley Town Centre project and this required innovative design and management to achieve high indoor environment quality, energy and water saving plus a selection of low-impact materials to minimise the impact on local ecology.”

The heart of the centre offers a showpiece open air space, Satoyama Way. Landscaped with trees, green walls, water features and a range of seating areas, the design was based on the Japanese concept of Satoyama – harmonious interaction between nature and man-made environments. The area will be extended as the town centre grows.

Ripley Town Centre will hold a Main Street Festival on May 26, from 11am to 4pm, to mark the official opening and to celebrate growth and harmony in the region.

Celebrations will include sidewalk dining, live music, entertainment, kids cooking, kite flying, rock climbing, community displays, roving performers and a silent disco.

Mr Abe said the festival was designed to showcase

Source: www.qt.com.au

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