Goodna destined for greatness
GOODNA is set to become a thriving commercial centre after the Ipswich City Council updated the town plan to open the way for significant development opportunities.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale launched a key plank in his campaign platform yesterday after confirming council was now in talks with a large Brisbane-based developer to utilise the new provisions of the town plan. This will allow for just less than one million square metres of commercial and non-residential development in Goodna.
Cr Pisasale, along with Goodna-based councillor Paul Tully, unveiled a new 'Welcome to Goodna' sign at the Queen St roundabout yesterday to symbolise the suburb's imminent transformation and endorse its location as a gateway to the city.
"Goodna is a hidden gem," Cr Pisasale said.
"The infrastructure is here and it is the gateway to the whole western corridor.
"It is the heart of one of the fastest growing regions in the country and now it is time for the development industry to see its potential.
"I want to do a master plan so the whole community and people of Ipswich can have a say in the development of Goodna.
"So the master plan will set the tone and the development industry has to fit in with us."
Cr Pisasale said private landowners should consider the potential of the town centre to boast retail, services, entertainment and dining possibilities.
"Paul Tully has been pushing the attractions of Goodna for some time but now it needs the job creation and educational facilities to make it a hub, and it is going to be," he said.
"This is a key platform for my campaign for this area."
Cr Tully, the city's planning chief, said the transformation of the suburb would not happen overnight but added that the foundation for change had been laid.
Goodna is ideally located 24km from Brisbane and 16km from the Ipswich CBD.
"Council has approved another 950,000 square metres of commercial and non-residential development for Goodna," Cr Tully said.
"That could include medical centres, schools and other non-residential facilities.
"Under the planning scheme we recognise the importance of Goodna. It is the gateway into Ipswich along the Ipswich Motorway.
"We have a railway line here, government offices and a thriving commercial area. We want to make Goodna a thriving entrance to the city."
Goodna suffered badly in the 2011 floods but it is ready to fight back.
"Now it is time for the Phoenix to arise from the ashes," Cr Tully said.
The new Goodna sign excited Cr Tully.
"It is the first of its kind in Ipswich and it is a tremendous sign as part of an entry statement to Goodna."