Ripley Valley revealed
THE first residents in the Ripley Valley development could be living in their homes by the end of next year.
The first stage of the development by Japanese home builder Sekisui House will comprise 64 lots which will be available to the public for purchase early in 2013.
The sales centre will include the showcase Shawood design home that is being used in the Sekisui House development at Coolum.
While those homes will not be available in the first release at Ripley Valley, Sekisui House manager for development and communities Chris Hall said the sales centre would "demonstrate our design skills and aspirations".
The initial 64 houses are only the first stage of an initial 12-stage development that will see 540 dwellings constructed. Sekisui House will build 2500 homes over 25 years with a population of 120,000 slated for the community by 2027.
Mr Hall estimated that "30 to 50 jobs" would be created in the initial construction of the first stage of homes.
House and land packages will start from $320,000 with a specific range of homes designed for Ripley Valley.
The first stage of the town centre is expected to be completed by 2017 and will be a mix of retail, commercial and community-use buildings.
Ipswich councillor Paul Tully said that when at full steam, the Ripley Valley development would see "so much building in the space of 10m."
"If you were a youngster and got into a trade there you could spend the rest of your working life between Springfield and Ripley Valley...with all the houses, commercial buildings, schools and moderate high rises," he said.
64 homes will be built in the first stage of an initial 12-stage development.
2500 homes will be built by 2027.
House and land packages will start from $320,000.