Ipswich Transit Centre is still closed after it was flooded.
Ipswich Transit Centre is still closed after it was flooded. David Nielsen

REVEALED: New vision for Ipswich CBD eyesore

A DILAPIDATED transit centre and an empty health plaza could be demolished to make way for new parkland and a performing arts centre.

The once bustling Ipswich transit centre was boarded up soon after it was inundated in the 2011 floods.

Employees at the adjacent Queensland Health Plaza on Bell St will move to the health precinct on Roderick St when council buildings become vacant.

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard has discussed the future of the precinct with Ipswich administrator Greg Chemello.

"As the CBD redevelopment progresses the health plaza, as that becomes free, I would envisage the State Government will look at that whole precinct and look at alternatives," she said.

"What I'll push for is the demolition of both the transit centre and health plaza."

The State Government owns the transit centre and health plaza land.

Ms Howard said the run-down facilities could be incorporated into Ipswich City Council's CBD redevelopment.

She suggested green space could be created to complement a new Ipswich performing arts centre.

"There will be a whole lot of options looked at," she said.

"Perhaps they could both be demolished, making space for future developments like the proposed Ipswich Performing Arts Centre.

"Ipswich has got so much potential and I know there have been a few ideas bandied around."

She said a sister relationship could be formed with QPAC and declared construction of a venue that can seat more people "is a terrific idea".

Concept works for a new arts centre have been done.

Ms Howard said her meeting with Mr Chemello was positive, with Jordan MP Charis Mullen and Ipswich West MP Jim Madden attending.



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