First residents move in to new Ripley Valley community
THE largest residential development in the Ripley Valley, Providence, welcomed its first residents this week.
Young family Shayne and Jasmine Commons and baby Archer are the first of what will ultimately be a community of 20,000 people.
A convoy of removalist trucks will be a regular sight for Providence in the coming months as developers expect a family moving into their new home every two days on average.
Dozens more homes are in the final stages of completion ready for new families to move in the coming weeks and more than 100 homes are under construction.
About 80 families are expected to join the Commons soon, looking at settling in at Providence before Christmas.
The Commons recently welcomed their new baby boy Archer to the family and Mr Commons said they were excited to be living in Providence and starting a new chapter in their lives.
"Having moved up from Sydney we are now perfectly positioned to work and family," Mr Commons said.
"We bought a block with park frontage which is exactly what we were after. Providence is so picturesque and we love the quiet valley location. It's the ideal place to live and raise our family."
Providence project director Michael Khan said welcoming the first residents and watching the dozens of new homes nearing completion was a major milestone.
"It is great to see buyers' dreams become a reality," Mr Khan said.
"We are truly excited to welcome our first residents who represent the start of what will be a vibrant community.
"Work completed to date and work that is currently under way like the Splash 'n' Play water park and the Providence Neighbourhood Centre will ensure our first residents can settle into their new lives with ease.
"As more and more families move in our vision for Providence as an attractive and thriving community that caters to many lifestyles is becoming a reality."
More than 300 families have already chosen Providence as their home and are now designing or building their new homes.
The first three stages have registered and stage four is expected to register this month.
"Millions of dollars are being invested in landscaping, roads, NBN and natural gas," Mr Khan said.
Developers Amex Corporation plan for Providence to stretch over 670ha over the next 20 years with 20,000 people moving into the master planned development.
The Ripley Valley is one of the fastest developing areas of Australia with major developments from Stockland and Sekisui House also bringing forward stages to keep up with demand.
Council statistics show Ipswich's population of 187,500 is increasing by 4000 to 7000 people a year.