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Roadworks kick-start Ripley Valley progress

Sekisui House director Stephen Williams explains details about the Ripley Valley development to Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle (centre) and Mayor Paul Pisasale.
Sekisui House director Stephen Williams explains details about the Ripley Valley development to Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle (centre) and Mayor Paul Pisasale. David Nielsen
BIG PLANS: Sekisui House project director Craig D’Costa explains details about the Ripley Valley development to Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle (centre), Member for Ipswich Ian Berry and Sekisui House director Stephen Williams (right).
BIG PLANS: Sekisui House project director Craig D’Costa explains details about the Ripley Valley development to Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle (centre), Member for Ipswich Ian Berry and Sekisui House director Stephen Williams (right). David Nielsen

ROADWORKS heralding the start of construction of the long-awaited Ripley Valley development are expected to start next month.

Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle, Ipswich MPs Ian Berry and Sean Choat and Mayor Paul Pisasale visited the Ripley Valley yesterday.

Sekesui House Australia senior development manager Craig D'Costa said Sekesui House was preparing to start upgrading Ripley Rd as part of the first stage of Ecco Ripley. He said stage one comprised 46 residential lots from 300sq m to more than 600sq m, extensive parkland and the sales and information centre.

Mr D'Costa said the tender process for civil works for the Ripley Rd upgrade was under way. The successful tender is expected to be awarded later this month, with the works scheduled to begin next month.

"All going well the first house in stage one will start being built towards the end of this year and the first residents will probably move in about this time next year," he said.

Mr McArdle said his tour was part of his initiative to discuss with local councils important issues relating to the growth of their regions and how electricity and water supply could support this growth.

He said he would "continue discussing great opportunities for energy and water planning with local governments all across Queensland".

Cr Pisasale said Ipswich City Council worked extensively on plans for Ripley Valley over many years, which included the development of the Ripley Valley Structure Plan and a master planning framework.

He said his council had "provided a leadership role which brought together key landowners though a public consultation process and facilitated innovative enquiry-by-design workshops".

"Ripley Valley will ultimately be home to 120,000 people in 50,000 dwellings and firmly positions Ipswich as the major regional centre to serve the western corridor," Cr Pisasale said.

"The areas are within the heart of the state's employment and economic growth regions, with future residents being able to tap into employment prospects in areas such as Swanbank, Ebenezer and Amberley."

Growing Places

  • SEKESUI House is developing 194 hectares in Ripley Valley into a master-planned community called Ecco Ripley.
  • To be developed over the next 15 years, it is expected to provide about 4000 homes for more than 10,000 people.
  • Ripley Valley, which a range of landholders is developing, is expected to be home to120,000 people over the next 20 years.
BIG PLANS: Sekisui House project director Craig D’Costa explains details about the Ripley Valley development to Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle (centre), Member for Ipswich Ian Berry and Sekisui House director Stephen Williams (right).
BIG PLANS: Sekisui House project director Craig D’Costa explains details about the Ripley Valley development to Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle (centre), Member for Ipswich Ian Berry and Sekisui House director Stephen Williams (right). David Nielsen

Topics:  ecco ripley, mark mcardle, mayor paul pisasale, ripley valley, sekesui house




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