Goodna residential tower in pipeline thanks to town plan
GOODNA and the eastern suburbs of Ipswich are now ideally positioned to welcome development that will take the region forward as the population continues to grow.
The Goodna town plan is set up to facilitate a major residential tower in the suburb.
With the population of Ipswich soon to pass the 200,000 mark, Goodna and surrounding suburbs will be a beacon for new residents who can live within easy access to work hubs.
The possibility of a residential tower in Goodna in the future is a real one.
Council's planning and development chief Cr Paul Tully said the town plan had been amended in previous years in a signal that Ipswich was well and truly open for business.
"We have already amended our town plan some years ago to facilitate, if there was ever a developer, the construction of a residential tower above the Goodna railway station similar to the one being built at Milton at the moment," Cr Tully said.
The town plan was amended at a time when the State Government was talking about TODS or transport oriented developments.
"We saw the opportunity because it was already on the train line and had the Ipswich Motorway going past it, so it fitted the definition of a transport oriented development," Cr Tully said.
"It was the on main inland route between Brisbane and Sydney and the main link to Toowoomba and the west.
"There are a lot of government offices in Goodna and it is only 30 minutes to the heart of Brisbane by train. There is a lot of capacity in Goodna because of its central location."
Cr Tully said it was reasonable to suggest that a residential tower would be built in the next decade and said he would welcome a call from any interested developer who wished to discuss such a project.
"The residential tower would be built out of the flood level and it would be a well positioned hub for Ipswich's eastern suburbs," Cr Tully said.
"We are open for business and development is being encouraged across the city."
Goodna and the rest of the eastern suburbs of Ipswich are ideally placed on several levels.
"The Ipswich eastern suburbs are currently and will continue to provide an economic boost for the rest of the city," Cr Tully said.
"They are positioned for an easy drive into Ipswich (central) or into Brisbane, or to the Gold Coast in just 50 minutes without any traffic lights.
"When Legacy Way is opened you will be able to go from Brookwater or Springfield to the Brisbane Airport in just over 30 minutes without any traffic lights.
"I think the triangle of Goodna, Springfield and the Ripley Valley is going to be a major growth area for the next 30 years."