Sod-turning kick starts $10m expansion of parklands project
STAGE two of the Robelle Domain Parklands in Springfield is one step closer to becoming a reality with construction on the $10 million facility to start by the end of the year.
The official sod turning yesterday was symbolic of what Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said would provide "more space for families and bigger and better community events at the Domain".
"With Ipswich's population now at 180,000, we are ensuring that we have the leisure facilities people value," Cr Pisasale said.
The project is jointly funded by Ipswich City Council and the Federal Government with both parties contributing $5 million.
Cr David Morrison said stage two would "expand Robelle Domain by over 10 hectares of new green space and an additional network of walking tracks for residents' enjoyment".
"This project delivers a welcome expansion of the domain with more space and beautiful floral landscaping," he said.
"Also proposed is a second zero depth water play area which are so popular with local families and kids."
Cr Pisasale said the funds were appropriately allocated as "stage one of Robelle Domain has been enthusiastically embraced by residents as a community hub where you can always find families out enjoying the recreational and play areas".
"As time has gone on the Domain has become home to many important community events such as the recent Harmony Day celebrations and now the popular and successful Springfield Markets every Saturday," he said.
Blair MP Shayne Neumann said the Robelle Domain Parklands was a huge boost to the community in more ways than one.
"You are talking about 500,000 visitors a year, a $7.7 million contribution to the Ipswich economy and 84 jobs," he said.
Mr Neumann said he was "very disappointed that the State Government didn't come up with $5 million" to make the project the originally planned $15 million development.
The Federal Labor Government had invested $15 million into Robelle Domain Parklands, with $5 million of that going towards the stage two development.