$750 million resort becomes reality
CONSTRUCTION is set to start on what promises to be the largest and most expensive resort development in Ipswich history.
Dusit Thani Brookwater Golf and Spa Resort will be a $750 million, five-star facility that developers believe will cater for a largely Asian traveller market.
The 520-apartment resort is being touted by its supporters not only as the largest investment in the city's history, but the largest nationally in decades.
The first sod will be turned on Monday in a ceremony to be attended by 100 people.
In a sign of what's to come for the region, Dusit International is also talking up the prospects of the Springfield area being part of the creation of "a new CBD”.
When complete, the resort will include two convention centres, an international day spa, 60 restaurants, an international tennis club and water park.
Dusit International vice-chairman Giovanni Angelini said the new resort would complement Ipswich's natural beauty for international guests.
"International visitors and especially the Asian and Chinese travelers will love this place,” he said.
"I cannot find anything they will not love, with the Brookwater Golf Course and the kangaroos and natural surroundings with a new CBD being created and all the modern conveniences just 20 minutes to Brisbane and 40 minutes to Gold Coast attractions, it's the best win-win scenario I have seen in Australia.
"We expect to be inundated.”
Apartments are already being snapped up, with resort sales manager Nathan Tertis reporting 130 unconditional sales from Phase A averaging $695,000 each, with another 16 sales in progress.
Just over 20 units remain unsold in Phase A and the sales team is already taking applications of interest in phases B and C.