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Providence Ripley Puts Faith In Community Infrastructure




Family-owned developer Amex Corporation is reviving the old school development art of community building at its landmark Providence development at South Ripley in South East Queensland.

The company recently unveiled $7 million of new facilities designed to foster a genuine sense of community despite the relatively early stage of development of the project. The new facilities include a Community Centre, licensed café, water park and adventure playground.

The$3.2 million Splash ‘n’ Play Water Park is one of only three in Queensland.


The company has also appointed a full-time Community Development Officer to help drive community spirit. The Officer will be responsible for engaging with residents to help build  “a community with true neighbourhood values based on care and friendship”.

While just over 120 families call Providence home at the moment, on completion the new masterplanned community is expected to house up to  17,000 people.  A full array of community facilities to support these residents including a health hub, all surround a town centre which will be a complete residential/commercial/retail/civic mixed use zone.

National property group Oliver Hume has been appointed as sales and marketing agency for the $1 billion development. 

Oliver Hume joint Managing Director for Queensland Brinton Keath said community infrastructure  was an important tool for attracting buyers.

“These types of community facilities are a strong selling point in a highly competitive market,” he said. “Buyers can generally tell the difference between a developer selling a community ideal and a developer building a community. Amex’s investment at Providence falls squarely in the latter and the recent sales are a testament to their foresight.”

Throughout the long planning process Amex has been committed to ensuring Providence was not just another suburban development, but a progressive, vibrant and modern new town that brings back true neighbourhood living. Over the next 20 years Providence will be constructed across 670 hectares, approximately three times the size of Brisbane’s CBD land mass and will be the largest single development in the Ripley Valley.


Amex Corporation is an Australian family-owned residential development company that has been operating in Queensland for 28 years, and has delivered 14 communities across Australia.

Amex Corporation’s Michael Khan said the new masterplanned community was thriving with over 120 families now calling Providence home, 180 new homes under construction, 550 lots sold and a strong sense of community already established.

“Our investment of $7 million into community facilities and commitment to make Providence the most desirable community to live is what draws people in from far and wide,” Mr Khan said.

“The opening of the state-of-the-art Providence Sales and Community Centre and the licensed café, Forty West marks a new milestone in Providence’s future as an attractive, family-centred community where entertainment is just a short walk away.

“Splash’n’Play Water Park opened to the public a few weeks ago and is already so popular that it is buzzing with families 7 days a week. These are the types of facilities families seek out when buying their dream home,” he said.

National property group Oliver Hume has been appointed as sales and marketing agency for the $1 billion development. 

Oliver Hume joint Managing Director for Queensland Brinton Keath said community infrastructure  was an important tool for attracting buyers.

“These types of community facilities are a strong selling point in a highly competitive market,” he said. “Buyers can generally tell the difference between a developer selling a community ideal and a developer building a community. Amex’s investment at Providence falls squarely in the latter and the recent sales are a testament to their foresight.”


Mr Kahn said the Providence Sales and Community Centre would offer a unique digital experience that is the first of its kind in Australia for a masterplanned community sales office.

“Visitors can explore all corners of Providence using the giant interactive touch screen and watch one of the 7 video screens around the room to experience the community like never before.

“Parents can sit at the kiosk bench and search for their ideal home with personal touch screens – all updated live – and send their favourites to email. All the while the kids can enjoy the iPads and special activities in the kids’ area.

“The theatrette will screen movies featuring ‘a day in the life of Providence’ filmed by the residents themselves on a giant 6m screen. This will provide an authentic insight into life in the new community through the eyes of the residents,” Mr Khan said.

Community groups can book space in the Providence Sales and Community Centre for community or local club events and other purposes such as small gatherings or meetings.

“What’s great about the Providence Sales and Community Centre is that the community can use the space completely free of charge, the first facility of its kind in a masterplanned community in South East Queensland to offer such a great benefit,” Mr Khan said.

“We are currently liaising with Ipswich City Council and other local community groups to schedule future community events and use of the space,” he said.

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BUDGET: Cash splashed to fix Ipswich’s congested highway  



Cash splashed to fix Ipswich's congested highway
 The Cunningham Highway will receive a $170 million boost by the Federal Government. David Nielsen

ONE of Ipswich’s worst intersections will be fixed with the Federal Government committing to fund an upgrade to the Cunningham Highway.
In his third budget, Treasurer Scott Morrison revealed $170 million would go towards improving the dreaded Amberley Interchange.

The project will include a realignment of the highway between Yamanto and Ebenezer Creek and an upgrade of the Ipswich-Rosewood Rd.

For several decades the section of road has been on the region’s infrastructure wishlist.

Expansions and growing military activity at RAAF Base Amberley has put pressure on the interchange.

The $170 million funding injection also comes as the Ipswich City Council considers a proposal from Lantrak to move 1 million tonnes of landfill each year to rehabilitate the New Hope coal mine at Jeebropilly.

According to the application more than 250 heavy vehicles would transit the highway each day.

The government says the Cunningham Highway upgrade will “improve travel reliability and reduce congestion”.

It is expected the Queensland Labor Government will match the funding to start the $340 million project.

Federal Labor MP Shayne Neumann confirmed his party would offer bipartisan support and also commit to fixing the highway in a “major boost for the economic capacity of the Ipswich region”.

“The road takes 2700 heavy vehicle movements a day, and plays a significant role in transporting people and freight between Brisbane and Sydney,” he said.

“These vital upgrades to the Cunningham Highway have long been identified on Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List.

“That’s why it’s disappointing the Turnbull LNP Government have had to be dragged kicking and screaming to fund this project.”

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OLDER residents in Ipswich will be encouraged to become entrepreneurs so they can stay in the workforce longer.

The Federal Government will roll out 20 new entrepreneurship facilitators across the regions over the next four years.

Ipswich, along with central Queensland, Ballina and Tweed, will benefit from the program.

The small business experts will teach mature-age people how to start and maintain sustainable businesses.

The Federal Government has set aside $2.7 million in the 2018-19 financial year for the project.

A further $15 million will fund the program until June of 2022.

The government has also committed to continuing the Job Change project that assists mature-age workers to remain in the workforce as retirement and pension ages creep upwards.

Cash splashed to fix Ipswich's congested highway
United States Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet from VFA-102 Squadron takes off from RAAF Base Amberley, with an RAAF C-17 Globemaster flying in circuit. The Squadron is normally based on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.SGT Peter Borys

Amberley cashes in on Defence spending

RAAF Base Amberley will take a share in millions of dollars in upgrades in the Defence portfolio.

A new Air Traffic Control Radar will be installed at Amberley as part of an estimated $96 million investment in new technology across several bases.

Working accommodation, maintenance, warehousing and training facilities will be built to support the introduction of the Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Capability aircraft.

The project is scheduled for completion by early 2021.

A C-17 maintenance facility, aircraft apron and associated infrastructure will also be constructed.

It is scheduled for completion by early 2019.


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Australia’s largest solar farm planned near Ipswich



Australia's largest solar farm planned near Ipswich

Somerset already hosts a number of energy projects including hydroelectric plants at Wivenhoe Dam and Splityard Creek Dam.Contributed

AUSTRALIA’S largest solar farm has been proposed for a rural site near Ipswich.

The proposed plant, east of Harlin along the D’Aguilar Highway, would have final capacity of 1,500 megawatts, six times larger than its closest rival.

Plans include two substations and the capacity to hire to 60 people.

The Sunraysia solar farm in NSW is Australia’s largest under construction, at 250 megawatts.

Other Australian solar farms of up to 1,000 megawatts have been proposed.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was a complex development application from Ethos Urban planning consultants.

The company has been involved in other large infrastructure projects throughout Australia, on behalf of Sunshine Energy Australia Pty Ltd.

“We understand the attractions of the site include its proximity to the existing high voltage power network and proximity to Brisbane,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The site has been largely cleared in the past and is within one hour of the 570 MW pumped storage hydroelectric plant at Splityard Creek which is also in the Somerset Regional Council area.

“The development application includes two substations, facilities for up to 60 employees and provision for battery storage.”

“The application has been referred to various government departments and agencies for their input and we will carefully assess it against our planning scheme like any other proposal.”

Somerset Regional Council is reviewing the application.


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Education City link approved by Ipswich Council



Education City link approved by Ipswich Council

A FOOTPATH that will link Springfield’s Education City to the Robelle Domain Parklands in Springfield Central has been approved by Ipswich City Council.

Plans were lodged by Springfield Land Corporation on February 2 this year and first approved on February 26.

However Ipswich City Council did not approve the use of Hoop Pines to landscape the pathway.

After some negotiating a new decision notice was issued on April 9 with the condition stipulating that Hoop Pines were not to be used deleted.

The land where the pathway is being constructed is lot 810 Sinnathamby Boulevard, Springfield Central.

Described as an open space boulevard pathway, the public concrete path and associated landscaping work has been approved in full subject to conditions.

Footpath lighting is to be installed, and a spotter catcher is to be engaged to supervise vegetation removal and ensure any native fauna including native bees are identified and relocated.

The spotter catcher is to submit a report before and after vegetation clearing works are undertaken detailing what wildlife has been identified and preventative and remedial actions taken to ensure animal safety.


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