News

Shopping expansion to create jobs

An artists impression of Springfield’s Orion Shopping Centre.
An artists impression of Springfield’s Orion Shopping Centre.

THE battle for shoppers in the western corridor is to hit new heights with the expansion of a major retail centre in Ipswich.

The Orion shopping centre in Springfield has revealed its plans for stage 2 of its growth, which is set to bring a further 40 stores to the complex.

The development, which is soon expected to win approval from Ipswich City Council, will create 550 jobs during its construction and a further 600 retail jobs once complete.

A new shopping centre is already on the cards for Ipswich CBD and Indooroopilly shopping centre in Brisbane is already undergoing a major facelift.

Work is expected to be underway later this year on the 5500sqm development which will bring an additional 596 car parks and a tavern.

Councillor Paul Tully said the expansion is a strong sign in the confidence in the fledgling western corridor.

"It's the first major extension to the Orion Centre. It's an excellent development for the western corridor and it will be an attraction for residents from Logan City and Brisbane's western suburbs," he said.

Cr Tully said the development adds weight to the belief the greater Springfield region will live up to its potential.

"The western corridor is growing. The Springfield area is growing but it shows Mirvac's confidence in the area and that it wants to keep pace with the growth in the area."

Mirvac acquired the Orion Town Centre in August 2002 and opened the shopping centre in March 2007.

It still has some way to rival Riverlink as Ipswich's biggest shopping centre.

A Mirvac spokesman said the proposed expansion was in response to community feedback for more variety and aims to meet the needs and expectations of customers by providing greater retail choice and key services in the local area.

"The expansion is important to the shopping centre. Customer and retailer demand to grow and improve the retail offer is driving the proposed Supermarket Expansion," the spokesman said.

"Subject to Council approval of the Area Development Plan, and other conditions being satisfied, works could commence on the supermarket expansion in the second half of 2012. We expect to be able to provide the community with a further update on the plans for Orion in mid 2012."

The redevelopment of the Orion Shopping Centre continues the region's bright future as plans for the commuter train line forge ahead.

The train line will include Springfield and Springfield Central stations, the latter situated adjacent to the shopping complex.

Topics:  jobs, retail, shopping



Ipswich pensioner wins $260K on scratchie

BIG WIN: A woman purchased a ticket at a Goodna newsagency and is now $260K richer.

Found out while waiting in the doctor's surgery

Shark warning! Ipswich to erect signs at river hot spots

BULLISH: Brisbane and Bremer rivers are full of bull sharks so warning signs are planned to go up alerting residents to the dangers.

Sharks still teeming in Brisbane, Bremer rivers

Firm told to apologise, pay back $16K to Korean backpackers

Boonah Packing Pty Ltd supplied labour to one of Australia's leading carrot producers, Scott Moffat & Co, trading as Moffatt Fresh Produce who supply carrots to major supermarket chains like Woolworths and Aldi.

Boonah business caught ripping off foreign workers

Local Partners

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

Jogging Tom Hanks crashes wedding in Central Park

Tom Hanks stopped for a selfie with this bride and groom

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.