Revamped station plans scrapped

BUILDING a revamped Ipswich train station as part of the $1 billion redevelopment of the mall was being considered by the State Government before the idea was scrapped.

Ipswich MP and Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said the possibility of moving the train station to underneath the mall had been previously discussed.

“There was really dedicated consideration given on the part of both Queensland Rail and the council to the idea of integrating the station into the redevelopment – putting it under the mall,” Ms Nolan said.

“There was discussion about that but it wasn't a practical thing to do.”

She said such a plan would have been too expensive and prohibitive to rail services, so the current station will remain untouched in the coming years as the redevelopment occurs straight across the road.

“The train station is not directly affected by the redevelopment,” she said.

Ms Nolan said October's announcement of a $2.6 million refurbishment of Bell Street's bus facilities will not be affected by the mall redevelopment work.

Work on the Bell Street upgrade is due to start early in the new year.

Ipswich City Properties (ICP), a company set up by the Ipswich City Council, on Wednesday unveiled its masterplan for the redevelopment of the mall.

Ms Nolan said the State Government was negotiating with ICP and partner Leighton Properties to have 1200 public service jobs moved into commercial buildings in the redeveloped mall.

The first part of the 15-year project will start construction next year with a commercial tower one of the first buildings expected to be up and running.

QR has committed to moving its headquarters to Ipswich and Ms Nolan said should it move into the redeveloped mall, it would make up a large chunk of the 1200 jobs.

Some water bodies could also be on the move to Ipswich.

“What we hope to do is make the move cooperatively. We'll work with staff and unions to move them across here,” Ms Nolan said.

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