A $15 million upgrade of Queensland Raceway is in the pipeline with Mayor Paul Pisasale set to meet Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for funding talks.
Ipswich City Council is seeking matched funding of $7.5 million from the Queensland Government for stage one of what is a project of vast scope.
The council has an Ipswich motorsport precinct master plan, marketed as the most significant of its kind in the Pacific and South East Asia.
It includes a $52.34 million expansion of Queensland Raceway, Willowbank Raceway and Ipswich Kart Club.
The plan includes a three-star hotel and motorsport infrastructure consisting of a central hub, speedway facility and off-road facility – a $42.74 million development.
A further investment of $127.54 million in industrial and commercial space and general infrastructure is also in the plan.
The plan’s objective is to maximise commercial and economic benefits to the local and Queensland economy while supporting and facilitating Australia’s burgeoning multi-billion dollar motorsport industry.
The master plan will establish community and commercial uses at the precinct, develop a sustainable funding model to finance operational and management activities and identify opportunities to upgrade services and identify funding opportunities to upgrade services and infrastructure.
The QT has seen an economic statement that says a seven-year construction period would generate more than $138 million to the local economy per year, combined with a construction workforce of more than 200 people.
Deloitte Access is now doing an economic analysis of the benefits to the economy that can be presented to the Premier as compelling reason to open the purse strings and fund the plan.
Council has established a management company – Ipswich Motorsport Precinct Pty Ltd – and has signed a formal agreement with Bathurst Regional Council to drive the redevelopment.
Deputy Mayor Paul Tully said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bathurst would promote the sharing of successful motorsport initiatives between the two councils.
Ipswich City Council is working to recruit a general manager for the company who will implement the master plan and control operations at Willowbank.
“This is a golden opportunity to turn this into the greatest motorsport precinct in Australia, as part of Ipswich and close to the capital city,” Cr Tully said.
“This will happen over a number of years, but we have set up a council-owned company with council directors and independent directors.
“We are searching for a general manager for the company and this will put the motorsport precinct on the firmest footing this city has ever had.”
Cr Tully said motorsport was a major economic driver for the region with the Winternationals on their way and the V8 Supercar round of action in July.
“These events bring thousands of people to Ipswich – boosting accommodation providers and tourism operators and filling our restaurants, pubs and clubs,” he said.
The expansion and revamp of the Queensland Raceway has been backed by V8 Supercar legend Craig Lowndes and is vital to securing V8 Supercar rounds in Ipswich.
The drivers want a revamped circuit and an upgrade will allow for more events to be held and make the precinct more economically viable.
“We are working with V8 Supercars to secure a long-term partnership to continue to bring a round of competition to Ipswich,” Cr Tully said.
“We are also looking at opportunities to host more V8 events at the precinct and are working with potential funding partners within the State Government.”
The initial $15 million investment in the upgrade of Queensland Raceway is wanted first by council, with the revenue generated as a result to be reinvested into the site.
Cr Pisasale said motorsport was a great generator of economic growth, jobs and tourism for Ipswich.
“That is why we have been working for many years to provide wonderful product at Willowbank,” he said.
“The company we have set up will develop the precinct and make sure motorsport fulfils its potential. I want to show Annastacia that the motor sport industry can create a lot of jobs out here.
“I want the right environment for the teams to go out there and make it their home and the industries relating to motorsport to base themselves there and create jobs.
“We need to extend the track and make sure we have the right facilities.”
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Development Update: $67m Springfield Central Sports 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
$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.