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Why the punters are heading west to Walloon




REDBANK Plains is going gangbusters and Walloon is emerging as a destination of choice.

Those two residential hotspots in the city’s east and west are revealed by Ipswich City Council’s latest planning and development quarterly activity report.

Redbank Plains had 396 people move into it in the March quarter.

That was followed by 371 people, making Springfield Lakes home and 141 moving into Bellbird Park as the city’s east continues to be the boom area.

Redbank Plains also had the most lots approved in the quarter with 163 and Walloon second on 93, with 1582 people moving to Ipswich in the quarter bringing Ipswich’s population to 201,594.

The council’s planning boss, Cr Andrew Antoniolli, said areas like Springfield Lakes, Redbank Plains, Bellbird Park, Ripley Valley, Silkstone, Brassall and Walloon “offer affordable housing and quality infrastructure that appeal to young families, first home buyers and investors”.

“Redbank Plains got itself ready very quickly in respect to land but I would expect it to start slowing (in growth) shortly and you will see South Ripley, Ripley and Springfield start to take over,” he said.

“An area that is continuing to remain on our radar, and a lot of people would be unaware of this, is the attraction of the Walloon area.

“Walloon offers something different to the fast-paced suburbs. It is that area from really large lot rural residential to modest-sized blocks that offer that country appeal.

“Some people don’t find the idea of living in suburbia and master-planned communities like Springfield as appealing as the country landscape.

“Walloon is a growth corridor, much to David Pahlke’s pleasure.”

Cr Antoniolli said that while Walloon would not be a big engine room with respect to development, it would be sustainable into the future.

“That area between Walloon and Rosewood will see an increase in population over the next 30-odd years in something of the order of 40,000,” he said.

“So it is a significant growth corridor, and the main reason for that is that it is along the railway line which can take you straight into Brisbane.

Council’s activity report showed a 3.16 per cent equivalent annual population growth rate in Ipswich between December 2016 and March 31 this year.

“During the March quarter, council approved 1374 new residential lots,” Cr Antoniolli said.

“This compares to 724 for the December quarter and 459 for the same quarter last year.

“Comparatively, 231 lots were approved in the March 2012 quarter so that shows you how Ipswich is evolving as a city.”


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Land for sale at new Gold Coast beachfront estate



Land for sale at new Gold Coast beachfront estate

Roads and residential blocks are starting to take shape at Paradise Waters’ new estate, Sovereign Shores.Source:Supplied

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.

Land for sale at new Gold Coast beachfront estate

The new estate will overlook Sovereign Islands. Picture Mike BatterhamSource:News Corp Australia

“The construction has commenced, the whole land sale division is taking place,” Mr Mian said.

“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.


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QLD Wins $5bn Defence Contract, Builds HQ



QLD Wins $5bn Defence Contract, Builds HQ
Queensland has won the bid to build $5 billion worth of light armoured vehicles as part of the largest purchase in Australian Army history.

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.

“The proposed HQ is based on Rheinmetall’s established designs from their European facilities, although modified to ensure they are suitable to withstand QLD’s climate.”

Ipswich headquarters

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



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.

Masters Hardware at Springfield could become a Homemaker centre.
Masters Hardware at Springfield could become a Homemaker centre.

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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