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Ripley Rail Line a Crucial Link in Region’s Infrastructure Chain

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Connectivity is key to transforming the Ripley region over the next decade, with Ripley Town Centre at the heart of a 25-kilometre public transport corridor from Ipswich Central to Springfield Central, providing residents with affordable access to surrounding communities and ensuring new cities are being built, not just sprawling suburbs.

The timely provision of the rail extension is vital to lead and sustain communities in the Ripley Priority Development Area (PDA).

This critical “enabler project” will seamlessly link the region and provide much-needed connectivity in one of Australia’s fastest growing areas.

Business case announced

Ipswich City Council has released a strategic assessment to support the Ipswich Central to Springfield Central Public Transport Corridor (I2S Corridor), with an options assessment expected to follow with state government backing.

Ipswich City Council mayor Teresa Harding said it was important that growing residential communities stay connected to jobs, health care services, education and recreation options.

“The I2S Corridor is vital infrastructure of national significance and we cannot afford to delay its progression any further,” Harding said.

“If the project does not proceed, excessive congestion will cost in excess of $1 billion per annum and the regional road network will fail by 2031.

“We need state and federal government support to continue to enable the progression of the project to the options analysis stage, which Council estimates will cost approximately $2.5 million.

“The I2S Corridor will undoubtedly shape south-east Queensland and the state more broadly.”

The I2S Corridor is considered the region’s highest priority infrastructure project to meet the needs of future population growth.

The proposed rail line includes plans for nine new stations in total, connecting to the existing Springfield Central line and travelling west via Redbank Plains, Swanbank, Ripley Valley Town Centre, Ripley North and Deebing South before continuing north through Yamanto, Berry Street, One Mile, the University of Queensland Ipswich Campus and the Sadliers Crossing terminus station in Ipswich.

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Federal member for Blair, Shayne Neumann MP said the project presents an opportunity to deliver a public transport solution that addresses current and emerging growth across the region.

“The rail extension will link the three fastest growing suburbs between Brisbane and Ipswich—Springfield, Redbank Plains and Ripley,” Neumann said.

“It’s the missing link—crucial for the growth of the region.

“There needs to be greater government investment on infrastructure projects like this one for the purposes of job creation and economic development.

“You can’t build a community without the necessary transport infrastructure, otherwise you just end up isolating people and we’ve seen enough of that recently.”

Sekisui House Australia project director Taku Hashimoto said the delivery of a public transport solution for the growing community of Ripley and the surrounding areas now, will ensure the opportunities for integrated land use development are maximised, especially along the I2S Corridor.

“The rail extension is transformative city-shaping infrastructure,” Hashimoto said.

“Ultimately, the rail is critical to the future of the Ripley region and south-east Queensland with population growth in this corridor already among the highest in Queensland.

“Without the rail, you just end up with a sprawling suburb instead of what was planned — a pattern of unique settlements that drive economic opportunities for the people who live in the area and the businesses that operate here too.”

Population boom

Ripley is considered one of Australia’s major growth areas. The suburb’s population is projected to increase at a rate of 27.6 per cent each year until 2026 and the broader Ripley Valley region will see approximately 133,800 new residents by 2036.

Proactive infrastructure provision is essential to ensure expensive, retrospective infrastructure solutions to service emerging communities are avoided with early provision of a rail line service critical to support the region’s fast-growing population.

“The rail will offer the community affordable transport choices that improve people’s access to services, employment and education,” Hashimoto said.

A Ripley Valley 531 bus route was also introduced in 2019 as part of a five-year, $6.6 million investment by the Queensland Government, acknowledging the need for transportation options outside of already congested local roads.

Finding the connection

With technology and policy shifts also dramatically changing the way people move now and in the future, Ripley Valley’s strategic transport system—roads and public transport—will need to be strongly connected.

This not only benefits users in the short-term but provides a much more resilient region in the longer-term.

The enhanced public transport offering will also contribute to the preservation of the Ripley region’s social fabric and provide a fast-growing population with a much-needed alternative.

The proposed I2S Corridor rail extension, will play a critical role in shaping the future of this booming region.

Ripley really is the missing link.




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National property boom to be turbo-charged by infrastructure-led economic recovery: Hotspotting’s Terry Ryder

National property boom to be turbo-charged by infrastructure-led economic recovery

The latest price data from Domain shows a strong performance by house prices right across Australia. I’m predicting a national property boom in Australia in the near future and the Domain figures confirm that the strong up-cycle is already under way in many parts of the nation.

These figures show that every capital city had growth in their median house prices in the September Quarter – except Melbourne where there was no change. These figures are similar to recent data from other notable sources, including SQM Research and CoreLogic.

Apartment markets have been less bullish, and some capital cities have dropped (impacted by high CBD vacancy rates in the big cities), but even there the national averages are a 0.1% rise in the September Quarter and a 2.2% rise annually.

The numbers overall are quite remarkable amid a pandemic-induced recession. In the September Quarter alone, house prices grew by 2.8% or more in four of the capital cities: Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra. Hobart rose 6.9% and Darwin by 6.6% – in the September Quarter alone.

Many readers will be scratching their heads. We never hear about these markets, do we? We hear a lot about Sydney and Melbourne, but when’s the last time you read an article about the strong Adelaide housing market or Canberra property prices. How many are aware of the strong recovery under way in Darwin and also in Perth.

In annual terms, all capital cities have house prices higher than a year ago. The national average is a rise of about 5% but individual cities have done much better. Hobart house prices are 16% higher than a year ago and Canberra is up 10%. Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin have all risen 7%.

This reflects what we have observed month-by-month since the start of the pandemic, based on CoreLogic figures. Sydney and Melbourne have had numerous months in which house prices have dropped but the other capital cities have had growth months most of the time.

Canberra has produced house price growth in each of the past seven months and Adelaide has had growth in six of the seven months since February. Perth, Brisbane and Darwin recorded some down months, but bounced back in August and September, with Darwin showing particularly strong figures.

Most regional markets have had sustained growth throughout the pandemic period since February, with Regional Tasmania delivering growth in every one of the past seven months, while Regional Queensland and Regional NSW delivered uplift in six of the seven months.

This strong showing by Regional Australia is seen also in the Domain figures just published. Despite the overall positive performance in the capital cities in the September Quarter, the capitals were out-performed by the regional markets.

Domain reports that many regional markets have seen double-digit increases in their house prices, with some rising as much as 30%. Regional markets in Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and Queensland all have outstanding growth performances.

Among the best have been the Southern Grampians in Victoria (up 31%), the Byron Bay region in NSW (up 29%), Forbes in NSW (up 22%), the Isaac LGA in Queensland (up 23%) and the Derwent Valley in Tasmania (up 28%).

My own price analysis in recent weeks confirms strong regional uplift, with notable growth in the top end of the Sunshine Coast market, with some suburbs up about 30% in annual terms.

Now think about it. We’ve all seen the headlines, which were particularly strident in March and April, forecasting a collapse in property prices.

But residential property has not collapsed. It has done rather the opposite. Prices are rising in most locations around Australia. The national property boom I’m forecasting is already under way in many parts of the nation.

And the infrastructure-led economy recovery planned by federal and state politicians will turbocharge this trend. Stay tuned.

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Construction of Brisbane’s first new and highly anticipated golf course in 70 years has begun

Construction of Brisbane's first new and highly anticipated golf course in 70 years has begun

Construction of the long awaited Minnippi 18-hole championship public Golf Course and club in Cannon Hill is underway after receiving approval from Brisbane City Council earlier this year.
The golf course stretches between the Fursden Road playing fields at Carina and the hill beside Cannon Hill Shopping Centre.

The golf course will be the first of its kind for the area and will have everything for golf beginners to championship professionals, with a standard championship length 18-hole game, two nine-hole courses and a shorter six-hole course.
The 125 hectare site which the public golf course is being built on is located on the unused Brisbane City Council land on the western side of Bulimba Creek, east of Creek Road and north of Fursden Road at Cannon Hill. Bulimba Creek separates the development site from the existing Minnippi Parklands recreation area.

Along with construction delivered by one of Australia’s biggest construction companies, BMD, Council have planted 80,000 native trees on the site. The golf course is effectively an expansion of the Minnippi Parklands at Tingalpa and will remain in public hands and be operated by the council.

This year’s pandemic has seen a tough year for construction, however the golf course moves ahead into its next stage, which will provide a great boost for local jobs and supplier opportunities. The course surrounds and brings a picturesque backdrop to Azure Development Group’s recently completed residential enclave, Cornelia Edition.

Cornelia Edition is an exclusive gated community offering 31 luxury golf course terraces with resort-style amenities for residents. Primely located in the East Brisbane suburb of Cannon Hill, the terraces interact directly with the new golf course and benefit from the areas diverse and amenities with a strong community feel.

Cornelia Edition brings resort living inspired by the Palms Springs lifestyle with resident amenities including a large resort-style pool, outdoor lounge, fireplace, and open leisure area with a selection of terraces enjoying uninterrupted views of the parklands.
Residents of Cornelia Edition will benefit from the lush green views of the high end golf course by having a direct interface to one of the holes and the natural amenity of the community. Parks, connected bikeways and the convenience of good public transport provides residents with a peaceful and easy lifestyle.

Construction on the exclusive housing enclave has completed and work on the golf estate is expected to be finished in 2022.

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Palaszczuk’s plan for ‘freight freeway’ from NQ to NSW border

Palaszczuk's plan for 'freight freeway' from NQ to NSW border

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is promising to build an inland freight highway linking north Queensland to the NSW border if re-elected.

The Labor leader and Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington are both hitting the hustings in the key state election battleground of Townsville on Wednesday.

Palaszczuk says if she’s re-elected she’ll build a second Bruce Highway parallel to the coastal road between Charters Towers and Mungindi.

“A second Bruce Highway would take trucks off the existing Bruce, making it safer for communities from Gympie to Townsville,” she wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday morning.

Her promise rivals an earlier pledge by the LNP to widen the existing Bruce Highway from two to four lanes for 1450km from Curra to Cairns.

Frecklington’s plan would cost $33 billion over 15 years, with the state chipping in $440 million annually and the Federal Government expected to cover the rest.

The pair are unlikely to have an awkward rendezvous in Townsville on Wednesday.

Frecklington is preparing to make her big pledge on law and order in the garrison city, where she says crime is out of control.

It’s expected that the LNP leader will make a major funding promise at a police academy.

Frecklington will then fly north to Cairns to make a second announcement in the afternoon.

Townsville is a key electoral battleground for both major parties with Katter’s Australian Party and One Nation also campaigning heavily.

The city’s three electorates – Townsville, Mundingburra and Thuringowa – are held by Labor MPs with the former two on margins of less than 1.1 per cent.

She is the third-most-popular premier in the country after Western Australia’s Mark McGowan and NSW’s Gladys Berejiklian, according to the survey.

Palaszczuk will also announce a $500,000 feasibility study for the North Queensland Cowboys’ former stadium to be used by emergency services.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland said on Tuesday 228,000 ballots had been cast in pre-poll voting across the state.

More than 820,000 people have applied to vote by post.

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