Old ambulance station attracts $1 million bid

GOING, GOING, GONE: The old Queensland Ambulance Service station at North Ipswich sold at auction yesterday.
GOING, GOING, GONE: The old Queensland Ambulance Service station at North Ipswich sold at auction yesterday. Claudia Baxter

THE former Queensland Ambulance Service complex at North Ipswich sold for a $1 million price tag yesterday, six years after its sale was announced.

Around 50 people watched the bidding take place where ambulances were parked during the life of the building.

The future of the site located on Downs St covered 1822sq m became clearer shortly after the building went under the hammer.

It was sold to Alex Burrell, managing director of camping business Tent World.

It is now set to become Tent World's new home.

The business is currently located opposite Riverlink shopping centre, only a short distance from the station.

The Ipswich store is one of five Tent World locations around the Brisbane area.

Mr Burrell hopes to move his business to the premises later

this year.

"We've been driving past it for a few years and I've kept my eye on it," he said. "We're looking to move in over the next six months."

The building's reserve price was reportedly $900,000.

First National Action Realty Ipswich commercial consultant Cheryl Kermond said it was a really good result. "We had a lot of interest," she said.

The auction had six registered bidders looking to purchase the properties, with bids beginning

at $300,000.

"We were overwhelmed with interest to tell you the truth. It was great to see those people show up today," said Ms Kermond.

"We exceeded the reserve and it shows there is confidence in the commercial market."

The Department of Community Safety refused to comment on the sale or where the revenue would be spent.

Confirmation the building was to be sold was first revealed in 2007 when plans for the Thorn St Queensland Ambulance Service station were announced.

The then state members for Ipswich and Ipswich West Rachel Nolan and Wayne Wendt announced the sale of the old site would help to fund the new "super ambulance station".

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