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Defence Housing Australia launches new estate in Deebing Heights



Defence Housing Australia has just launched Torhaven in Ipswich.

DEFENCE Housing Australia (DHA) has officially launched its new Torhaven development in Deebing Heights in Ipswich.

The $78 million project covers 27ha and will have 294 land lots. It will eventually deliver around 100 homes for Australian Defence Force personnel and their families, supporting the Air Force and Army at Ipswich’s Amberley base, with the remaining lots being opened to the public.

The first allocation of 43 Defence homes is due to be delivered in September next year. With the sales launch of the first 62 public purchase lots scheduled to start from November.

DHA’s chairman the Honourable J. A. L Sandy Macdonald, and managing director Ms Jan Mason, recently hosted local Ipswich resident and original landowner Mr Andy Rawlings, and Wing Commander Karen Breaden, for the ceremonial sod turning event.

The launch unveils DHA’s Torhaven development to the Ipswich community and marks the inaugural excavation works on the site.

“As DHA’s first major masterplanned community in the Ipswich region, we are indeed excited to mark the beginning of Torhaven,” Mr Macdonald said.

“Our vision for Torhaven is to create a sustainable and safe parkland community that’s characterised by high quality homes, tree-lined streets and shared community spaces.”

Around $2 million will be spent on parks and open space which will cover about 20 per cent of the site.

Property services group Oliver Hume has been appointed sales and marketing agent for the project.

Oliver Hume Queensland managing director Brinton Keath said the project was well positioned to take advantage of the strong market for new land in the Ipswich growth corridor.

“This corridor presents some of the best value buying of anywhere in Queensland at the moment,” he said.

“We would expect to experience strong demand from local buyers looking to upgrade into a new home, as well as families moving to the area for employment opportunities.”

Torhaven is a name derived from Tor, a high rocky hill, and haven, a place offering favourable opportunities or conditions — directly referencing the site’s natural features and honouring the use of the site by the local Rawlings family for over 40 years.

DHA acquired the site on 19 May 2015 from Mr Andrew ‘Andy’ Rawlings and his wife, Sandra, who are members of the same Ipswich family that founded Rawlings Shoes and mens wear in 1898. The Rawlings’ store still exists in its original location at 137 Brisbane Street in the Ipswich CBD.

“To begin this project alongside a family who has called Ipswich home for some 115 years, is an honour and is in the true spirit of the community feel we hope Torhaven personifies,” Mr Macdonald said.


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$1.5bn Town Centre Under Construction As Developer Releases Second Neighbourhood To Market



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The $500m master planned development, “Ecco Ripley” has now released its second neighbourhood, “Lighthaven” to market, with 40% of the first release already sold. 

According to the Ecco Ripley website, Ripley Valley continues to grow and will reach an estimated population of 120,000 over the coming years, with the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre currently under construction.

Located in Ipswich’s western corridor Ripley Valley is expected to accommodate 25% of south-east Queensland’s population increase over the next 20 years. Ipswich is 40 kilometres west of Brisbane’s CBD.

Lighthaven comes to the market from developer Sekisui House following the release of the neighbourhood “Brooking Rise”, where more than 750 residents are living in, or building their homes.

The development master plan has received a 5 Star Green Star Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

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Artist’s impression of Ecco Ripley town centre

Sekisui House CEO and Managing Director Toru Abe said Lighthaven reflected the company’s commitment to rolling out the next generation in community living.

“Lighthaven embodies a new generation in lifestyle, in line with Sekisui House’s philosophy of creating all-encompassing living environments from the building of individual homes to infrastructure, roads, public spaces and amenities,” he said.

“Our holistic and sustainable approach to design and development is realised in both land and built-form with Lighthaven and the development of major infrastructure for the region with the Ripley Town Centre.”

Featuring more than 10 hectares of open space and parklands, Lighthaven will be at the heart of the Ripley Valley as the closest neighbourhood to the Ripley Town Centre, which will be just a short walk or cycle away.

Buyers in the initial release of Lighthaven will be moving into their new homes when the $40 million first stage of the Town Centre opens in early 2018.

Home owners in Lighthaven will be no more than 200 metres from the neighbourhood’s extensive open space and parklands, which includes seating, barbecues, shelters, walking tracks, parks, playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment and family activity areas.

Lighthaven’s first release comprises 38 lots that range in size from 300 sq m to 450 sq m, and are priced from $172,000.

Suitable for first home buyers, investors, upsizers and downsizers, Lighthaven lots are NBN-ready and offer natural gas connection.

Buyers have the option of building their home with a house-and-land package designed by Sekisui House or to use a builder of their choice.

With 20% of the overall community dedicated to parklands, Ecco Ripley will boast 75 hectares of recreation space, and already has planted more than 2000 native trees and 93,000 ground cover plants.

The Ripley Valley region is forecast to become home to as many as 120,000 people in the next 20 years.

Upon completion, Ecco Ripley is planned to comprise 4,300 homes, housing approximately 10,000 residents.

Ripley Town Centre is expected to generate 20,000 local jobs while the Ripley Town parklands will be one of five Ipswich City Council regional park destinations.

The Quay Family’s Ripley Medical Precinct is one of the company’s largest medical precincts to date and will offer a wide range of medical services including general practitioners, specialists, pathology, radiology, optometry, dental care, podiatry and other allied health.


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Large crowd for iconic Ipswich home auction




A LARGE crowd gathered to witness the auction of a rare Ipswich home this morning.

The much anticipated sale had been building for weeks and did not disappoint, drawing over 100 people to the Eastern Heights house which eventually sold for $706 000.

The five bedroom, 2049 square meter property drew out an hour-long bidding war which jumped from $400 000 to $650 000 in the first 10 minutes, before dragging out the last part of the auction with only $1000 difference at times between bids.


First National Action Realty’s Glenn Ball could breathe a sigh of relief when the hammer finally dropped at 11:30am and said he was very happy with the result, as were the owners.

“The final bid was right around the amount we were hoping for, so it was a great result,” Mr Ball said.

“We had heaps of interest and heaps of people register, so Ipswich has spoken and another beautiful home has exchanged hands.


“At the moment for a renovated house like this I can’t say there is anything else that has sold at this price, so we’ve got very happy buyers and sellers.”

Plenty of locals turned out for the auction and neighbours to the Salisbury Road property Lisa and Scott Kirton said they came along to not only view the house, but to also possibly meet their new neighbours.


“We knew the previous owner yet it’s the first time we’ve been inside and we love the house, it’s just beautiful,” Mrs Kirton said.

“We’re just having a look today and are interested to see who will buy it and who will be our new neighbour and hopefully it is a person who is going to live here.


“You don’t see homes like this incredibly often with these incredible ceilings and of course you can’t build a home like this these days.

“It’s a lovely communal street so we’re hoping that it is a family that moves in and who can become a part of the community.”


The original block bought back in 1917 is believed to have been designed by famed Ipswich architect George Brockwell Gill.


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First home-owners rush to use $20K grant in Ipswich





AN IPSWICH housing developer says first-home owners are snapping up new properties as the deadline for the government’s $20,000 grant draws closer.

Sekisui House, developers of Ecco Ripley, say sales activity has intensified in the first few months of 2017 with more than half those buyers using the first-home owners’ grant.

According the developer 56 per cent of new homes sold this year in Ecco Ripley were bought by first-home owners, buying into the property market before the grant offer expires in June.

“We’re seeing an enormous increase in sales from first-home owners, due to the $20,000 grant,” Ecco Ripley Sales Manager Scott Blaney says.

“We have welcomed a range of buyers – from those purchasing their first home, to growing families, individuals and empty-nesters seeking to downsize into a safe and vibrant community.”

There are already 750 people either living in the Ecco Ripley community or in the process of building their home.

Within Ecco Ripley, the majority, or 66%, of houses are tenanted by owners and a third of those are from Ipswich; 40% are from greater Brisbane, 11% from New South Wales, 3% from Victoria, 3% from the Sunshine Coast and remaining 3% from Western Australia.

“There is a constant stream of new faces and nationalities moving to Ecco Ripley, adding a great deal of diversity to this growing community,” Mr Blaney says.

Last month construction began on the new $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre, a commercial hub in the heart of the community.

Sekisui House Australia CEO and Managing Director Toru Abe says the project will put Ecco Ripley on par with major communities such as Springfield and Northlakes.

“We have been warmly encouraged by the strong sales achieved since the first releases of land at Ecco Ripley, and the sense of community that we have already created,” Mr Abe said last month.


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