And other needed infrastructure that needs to be completed around the place. A few low floor articulated low emission or electric buses can do the trick in the interim.Although extending the Springfield line would allow the easiest transition of services for the network track pairs and would place the lesser strain on existing train and driver resources which would be a pretty significant factor.
But by the time it's needed won't Ripley be it's own CBD/hub similar to Springfield?Disagree. Ipswich needs to be the CBD. The focus should be to get people to the CBD and the Brisbane CBD as a secondary destination.
The Ipswich services should be the express services with the existing Springfield line acting as the all stoppers.
The point i was trying to make was that of the projected population growth in the Ripley area in the next 10-15 years would surely warrant the extension of the Springfield line sooner rather then later.ripley and springfield are not CBD's. they are centres, like upper mt gravatt, carindale or chermside. there should only ever be one CBD per city/region.
More I think about it, the more logical it would be to extend the Springfield line to Ripley first and introduce something like a Glider bus system for Ripley to Ipswich until that line is constructed.In an ideal world the springfield line should be extended now and hook up to the Ipswich line through Ripley whilst Cross River Rail is being built so they open at the same time. Unfortunately funding isnt there, especially any from the feds. Ipswich has the potential to be QLD's version of Parramatta with some proper private and public money, although at this rate Springfield is most likely to take that crown with all of the development happening out there.
Approved: Ipswich City Council signs off on new Stadium which will be home to the Brisbane Lines.
Council decision gives greenlight for $70m Lions stadium
The Ipswich City Council has signed away the last hurdle on a $70 million project to build a permanent home for the Brisbane Lions AFLW team
JULIE SANDERSON, South-West Satellite
A special meeting of the Ipswich City Council has cleared the final hurdle for the Brisbane Lions to start construction on a $70 million football stadium complex at Springfield Central.
A council spokesman said the Lions now had the greenlight for work to begin on the 10,000 seat stadium — to be called The Reserve — that would provide a permanent home for the Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s team and a sophisticated playing space for local Springfield teams.
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At the council’s meeting this morning Interim Administrator Greg Chemello signed off on the dedication of the land at 60 Springfield Greenbank Arterial as open space and the transfer of the title to freehold without a trust.
A report presented to the council said the Lions proposed to develop the southern part of the property with facilities incorporating a stadium for playing AFLW, AFL pre-season and training, second tier AFL games, other community uses and sporting events and a high-performance training and administration centre.
“A secondary oval will be developed on the northern part of the property for the use by community sporting clubs,” the report said.
The cash required for the long-awaited stadium was secured from Federal and State governments, Springfield City Group and the AFL.
After a standoff between Federal and State governments over who would provide the funding first, both governments pledged $15 million with $18 million coming from Springfield City Group and $10 million jointly from The Lions and the AFL making up most of the required funding.
The council has provided the land.
State ALP MP for Jordan Charis Mullen said she wanted to ensure the value of the “important investment” was shared with the whole community.
“I know the Brisbane Lions and Ipswich City Council are committed to this as well.
“This is an exciting step forward for the project.”
She said the key stakeholders had been working together to ensure proper planning to maximise the benefits from The Reserve, the new Park n Ride in Springfield Central and local road infrastructure.
A council spokesman said the stadium complex would provide a complete regional sports and events precinct and be owned by council but leased to the Lions for 50 years at a nominal amount.
The spokesman said the Lions had executed a Heads of Agreement document in 2017.
Mr Chemello said it was necessary to make the land freehold to enable the Lions to go ahead with the intended development of the stadium and extended use of the facilities afterwards for the community.
A report presented to the council said the land was first identified in 2012 as a potential home for the Lions, stadium and training facility.
“This property was identified as the most appropriate site for the proposed stadium due to its proximity to the Springfield Central Rail Station and the developing and surrounding residential, commercial and retail precincts in Springfield Central,” the report said.
The Springfield City Group transferred ownership of the land to council, however the proposal did not progress and the Lions looked at other sites across SEQ.
It finally got the go-ahead when the PM kicked in with the Federal cash in February.
A council spokesman said The Reserve would be used by community and sporting groups.
Other facilities are expected to include a high-performance gymnasium incorporating state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities, a 25m lap pool, aquatic recovery pools and sports medical infrastructure.
Other benefits for the community are expected to include a Lions in Schools program and players acting as Ipswich ambassadors.
There will be up to 180 carparking spaces in addition to parking at the new $45 million park ‘n’ ride railway parking building adjacent to the stadium.
Construction is expected to start later this year with early 2021 as the likely date for a ribbon-cutting/ball up ceremony, the council spokesman said.