The vision for Ripley Town Centre, 10km from the historical heart of Ipswich, is for a contemporary, sustainable cityscape incorporating high-rise living and other modern architectural, lifestyle, cultural and environmental concepts.
Unlike most regions, Ipswich still has a healthy, and growing, manufacturing sector worth more than $1 billion a year.
The city has 14 major industrial and business parks and is aggressively targeting national and international logistics, warehousing and manufacturing companies.
Ipswich’s Ripley Valley, which began as a mining settlement in the early 1800s, now looks poised for sunlit squares, piazzas, destination parklands and rooftop gardens for the next generation community to socialise and congregate.
“Our vision is to create a low-carbon community where everything you need is at your fingertips, with careful consideration of tree-lined streets, inviting pedestrian walkways, cycle paths and integrated transport options, including the proposed Ripley rail extension,” Abe said.
“We are placing an emphasis on long-term sustainability and life enrichment to ensure Ripley Town Centre is designed to adapt for generations to come and remains the heart of the region.”
The state government has spent upwards of $1.5 billion on major infrastructure items in the western corridor since 2005, and a further $500 million has been announced to support the corridor’s growth objectives.
These include the $366 million extension of the Centenary Highway, the extension of the passenger rail line from Darra to Springfield plus the Centenary Highway duplication to Springfield valued at $1.27 billion, as well as a $124 million extension of the Ipswich Hospital.