NEW greenfield housing developments in outer suburbs and an increasingly dense inner city are carrying the burden of Brisbane’s population growth, with 80 per cent of new residences set to be built in these areas.
Aerial photos of massive masterplanned communities highlight the stunning growth rate pockets of the southeast corner have experienced over the past few years.
The demand for new housing sites, coupled with restrictions proposed in the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan, has led to an increased need to facilitate sensible growth in “middle-ring” suburbs.
Last financial year there were 30,530 new dwellings approved within the Brisbane Metro area, which includes Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redland.
Some 15,030 of those were inner Brisbane units, 8162 were in greenfield sites outside of the Brisbane local government area and 467 were within the Brisbane LGA.
RPS discipline leader of urban design Peter Egerton said the figures were unsustainable. “The new communities within the Greater Brisbane region are doing all the heavy lifting in terms of providing diversity and affordability, with Brisbane itself relying on apartments to fill this void,” he said.
Mr Egerton said smarter growth in middle-ring suburbs was needed to ease pressure on outer and inner areas.
“Townhouses and terrace housing are a crucial part of the housing mix for any city but these projects are mostly missing from Brisbane’s middle ring,” Mr Egerton said.
“There are a small handful of medium density developments taking place in these suburbs but we need a lot more to make our city sustainable for the future.
“Without townhouses and terraces in these areas, homebuyers on a tight budget are forced to move further out to find a place they can afford in areas where public transport is limited, and this then creates increased traffic congestion on our arterial roads.”
Aerial photos supplied to The Courier-Mail by Nearmap show the appetite for new housing in development areas including Springfield, Yarrabilba, Jimboomba and Pimpama.
According to the draft SEQ Regional Plan, 94 per cent of the 194,000 new residential dwellings to be built in Brisbane by 2041 will need to be built in existing urban areas.
In the Metro region (excluding Ipswich), 68 per cent of dwellings will be infill.
Mr Egerton said many middle-ring suburbs with current or future public transport links, limited character housing and larger than average lot sizes were ideal for townhouse and terrace housing.
Scott Hillier and his family have lived in a greenfield development at Brookwater, southwest of Brisbane, for the past three years.
“It’s a great lifestyle for the kids and young families,” he said. “You can head down to the lagoon and enjoy an afternoon with your neighbours.”
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Land for sale at new Gold Coast beachfront estate
A new beachfront estate is offering almost 60 vacant blocks at the Gold Coast’s Paradise Point.
ROADS and residential lots are starting to take shape at Paradise Point’s new Sovereign Shores estate.
Metacap Developments is behind the 58 block estate, which overlooks Sovereign Islands.
Ray White Sovereign Islands principal Ali Mian, who is marketing the estate, said 14 of the 35 vacant lots in stage 1 had already sold.
“Once stage 1 is sold out, then stage 2 will take place,” Mr Mian said.
“Stage 2 will be another 23 lots.”
He said the estate was expected to be finished by the end of July, subject to weather conditions.
“It’s a very exciting time (because) this land has been sitting there for such a long time.”
The lots range in size from 425sq m to 728sq m with prices starting from $589,000 up to more than $1 million.
Mr Mian said it was attracting local and interstate buyers, including those from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
He said buyers could build up to three dwellings per lot and as high as three levels plus a rooftop entertainment area.
“This estate is beautiful,” Mr Mian said.
“You are right next to the beach.”
Residents will be able to access the established resort-style facilities of Salacia Waters, including the residents’ club with library and meeting room, 12-seat cinema room, gym, sauna, two pools and a spa, three barbecue areas and a function room with entertainment deck. Mr Mian said 22 marina berths were also up for grabs.
QLD Wins $5bn Defence Contract, Builds HQ
Following a three-year tender process, German contractor Rheinmetall will build 211 Boxer CRVs in Redbank, Ipswich, with a future $15 billion deal also on the table.
The federal government estimates that the contract will create 330 jobs in Queensland, 170 in Victoria and 140 roles in New South Wales.
“Australian businesses will be big winners in Victoria and in Queensland, but also in other states,” Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said.
Rheinmetall has submitted a development application to build its headquarters serving the Asia-Pacific market in Ipswich.
The headquarters, dubbed the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence, will be Rheinmetall’s largest facility located outside of Germany.
The development application for the project includes a weapons-testing firing range, an electromagnetic test facility, a laser rangefinder facility and a vehicle compliance test track.
“Rheinmetall considered a number of options across South East Queensland for this world-class facility, and settled on the dedicated industrial zone within the Redbank Motorway Estate,” Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said.
“This choice of location will make use of the existing heavy vehicle manufacturing and employment hub, as well as the highly-skilled workforce within the area.”
The centre will be made up of several key buildings, including an administration building, a production warehouse and a corporate function centre.
Minister Dick said that construction of the centre will support 200 direct jobs over three years and open the way for local businesses to “participate in Rheinmetall’s global supply chains”.
“The project will provide an unrivalled catalyst for the further development of Queensland’s advanced manufacturing and defence industry capability, as well as significant opportunities for local SMEs and associated services,” Dick said.
The proposed centre will be a campus of high-quality industrial production, testing facilities and administration buildings located along the Brisbane River at Robert Smith Street in Redbank.
The site will have defence-industry standard security fencing.
Minister Dick said his department, which will assist with the construction of the facility, will now work with Ipswich City Council to progress the development application for the project.
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REVEALED: New development for old Masters site
The old Masters Springfield site could become a Homemaker centre.
MASTERS Springfield Central looks likely to be the next defunct site to be transformed into a Homemaker centre.
Home Consortium submitted a development application to Ipswich City Council on Monday showing plans for ten tenancies and a small cafe at the site.
Home Consortium will eventually transform 40 of the former hardware centres into hypermarkets featuring lifestyle, health and appliance brands.
The first Queensland centre opened at North Lakes in November with Toys R Us, Nick Scali Furniture and Chemist Warehouse as key tenants.
The Home Consortium application for Springfield Central said its interest in the area stemmed from strong population growth.
“This is expected to create additional demand in the trade area for homemaker type retail offers, which in turn is expected to create over 100 new jobs,” the DA read.
“The site is in a highly accessible location and the specialty tenants envisaged are not expected to affect the local activity centre hierarchy, being a complementary offer to that within the balance of the Springfield Town Centre.
“The proposed development represents an enhanced retail offer for residents, repurposing a vacant site that if not fully occupied or underutilised could detract from success story.”
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