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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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Development Update: $67m Springfield Central Sports Complex



Development Update $67m Springfield Central Sport Complex

A $67 million sporting development in Greater Springfield, an urban growth corridor located south west of Brisbane’s metropolitan area, is on track to open this year.

The developer of Greater Springfield says it is “cementing itself as one of Australia’s super sporting meccas” with its new Springfield Central Sports Complex slated to open to the public mid-year.

The new sporting facility, which neighbours Springfield Central State High School and St Peter’s Lutheran College, also joins the recent announcement of the $70 million Brisbane Lions AFLW stadium announced in January.

Development Update $67m Springfield Central Sport Complex

Springfield’s current population sits around 41,000 with this figure predicted to triple in size by 2030.

Rewind to 1992, when Greater Springfield founder Maha Sinnathamby purchased the 7000-acre parcel of land — today’s Springfield — which no developer wanted to touch.

Development Update $67m Springfield Central Sport Complex

Sinnanthamby says the region has a growing student population.

“There are currently 11,000 students in Greater Springfield, with that number expected to grow by 1200 each year moving forward,” the Springfield Land Corporation chairman said.

The developer says Greater Springfield is Australia’s first masterplanned greenfield city since Canberra, and to date it has seen $15 billion worth of infrastructure invested.

“We have a supersized CBD and an employment target of one job for every three residents,” Sinnathamby said.

The new sporting development will feature four ovals, 16 netball courts, eight fields, eight tennis courts, an athletics track as well as clubhouses and playgrounds.


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City Deal a $58bn ‘Game Changer’ for Southeast Queensland



City Deal a $58bn ‘Game Changer’ for Southeast Queensland

South-east Queensland could be green-lit for the biggest “city deal” in Australia, with a $58 billion proposal to guide its growth, and the prime minister announcing his support for the major plan.

With a focus on supporting diverse sectors within the region including housing and planning, tourism, manufacturing and education, the SEQ City Deal could also pave the way for government-owned land to be opened for development.

Queensland deputy premier Jackie Trad this week released Transforming SEQ, which highlights 35 “opportunities” that could be considered as part of the future City Deal, including six “game changers” for the region.

“Modelling by KPMG has shown a SEQ City Deal could stimulate an increase of up to $58 billion in our economy by improving the productivity and competitiveness of the region,” Trad said.

‘Game Changer’ for Southeast Queensland-min

Prime minister Scott Morrison will be meeting with the SEQ Mayors and Queensland government to discuss the proposal this week.

The City Deal, which involves all three levels of government — council, state and federal — would see government working on priorities to drive the SEQ economy.

Under a City Deal plan, all three levels of government sign an agreement to set the priority infrastructure projects and initiatives.

City Deal a $58bn ‘Game Changer’ for Queensland

Integrated land-use planning approach?

Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison described the announcement as “a game-changer for the region.

“Our growing cities and urban regions are the engine rooms of the Australian economy,” Morrison said.

“The city deal model brings together all levels of government around the same plan to boost productivity and jobs through targeted investment in city-shaping projects and infrastructure.”

Property Council Queensland director Chris Mountford said the council has been collaborating with state government and SEQ councils for nearly six years on the potential for a city deal.

“The State and local governments have also agreed in principle to a more coordinated integrated land-use planning approach,”

“Opening up under-utilised government-owned land for development has also been agreed as a clear opportunity to unlock economic activity, create jobs and build business confidence.”

City Deal a $58bn ‘Game Changer’

Growing population

The region’s current 3.5 million population is forecast to increase to 5.3 million within the next 25 years, ultimately requiring an extra 800,000 homes and additional one million jobs.

Focus has been placed on the recently released people mass movement study which identifies the impact of the expected population growth on the region’s ability to cope with future transport demand.

Minister for Cities Alan Tudge said he, along with the prime minister, will be meeting with the SEQ Mayors to discuss the Deal.

“We need to cater for this rising population and the SEQ City Deal will be a huge step forward,” Tudge said.

South-east Queensland is already home to over two-thirds of the state’s population.

The region is home to nearly one in every seven Australians.

The agreement marks the second city deal for Queensland following the policy being first established in Townsville.

So far, city deals have been developed for Western Sydney, Townsville and Launceston, and a further four more are currently under negotiation in Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Geelong.



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$63b infrastructure plan to keep SEQ moving till 2041



$63b infrastructure plan to keep SEQ moving till 2041

It’s going to cost $63.7 billion to keep South East Queensland moving over the next two decades, according to a study released today by the region’s mayors.

The population of the region is expected to grow by about 1.8 million people to more than five million people by 2041, putting extraordinary demand on the already strained transport network.

The SEQ People Mass Movement Study lists a total of 47 projects designed to keep city-to-city trips under 45 minutes and urban commutes under 30 minutes, including a faster rail network connecting the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast via Brisbane and west to Ipswich and Toowoomba.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the infrastructure plan, coined the Strategic Transport Road Map, would keep the region “economically productive” while maintaining its liveability.

“Business as normal is not going to work, we need to increase the amount of money that is being spent in South East Queensland,” Cr Quirk said.

He said the plan would require an average expenditure of about $2.7 billion per year until 2041, which he said was “not an unrealistic figure”.

“What we are seeing in Sydney and Melbourne right now is this massive spend on infrastructure. That’s because they allowed it to get too far behind. We cannot do that in South East Queensland.”

He said there had been no shortage of plans for the region’s transport network, but it was time for all levels of government to unite with a shared vision.

Redland City mayor Karen Williams said the plan delivered the projects over a “reasonable amount of time with a reasonable amount of investment”.

“It’s not a matter of ‘can we afford this?’ It’s the fact that we can’t afford not to do it,” Cr Williams said.

Faster Rail is not as fast as high speed rail, which delivers speeds up to 350km/h, but could run at about 160km/h with top speeds of up to 200-250kmh, with limited stops.

It would be connected to the light rail networks on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast in order to ease congestion on major arterials.

Other projects include the Brisbane Metro, Cross River Rail and road upgrades, including the Pacific, Sunshine, Centenary, Ipswich and Logan motorways and the Bruce, Warrego and Mt Lindesay highways.

The study also took into account emerging technologies including autonomous vehicles.

It was first proposed in 2016, and began in September 2017, with the aim of bringing together multiple local, state and national transport studies into one cohesive plan.

The South East Queensland region takes in the Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Lockyer Valley Regional, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional, Somerset Regional, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba Regional council areas.


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