October: Mayor’s message to the business community
Mayor’s column | Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce monthly newsletter
Improved public transport a priority
Council is stepping up its efforts to secure State Government support for improved bus services between Ipswich and Springfield.
With 70 percent of Ipswich’s population growth taking place in the Ipswich-Springfield Central corridor, improving the bus network there is a priority.
It means council is advocating on behalf of the Springfield community to ensure they have a reliable and efficient public transport sooner rather than later.
Public transport services in Ipswich are administered by the TransLink Division of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The concern is, if the bus services are not improved, people will use their cars more leading to road congestion, air pollution and other economic issues.
Council is now focused on working collaboratively with the State Government to deliver better public transport solutions to meet the needs of the growing Springfield community.
Finishing touches for Springfield Stadium
Artwork, new turf and other landscaping are being installed at the $80 million Brighton Homes Arena ahead of the Brisbane Lions’ christening of the oval this summer.
The stadium and Elite Performance Centre will be home to the Brisbane Lions’ AFL and AFLW teams and provide world-class facilities for sports clubs and the community. Public facilities including a gym and wellness centre will soon open and there will also be a childcare centre, playground and outdoor exercise equipment.
A grand opening event is being planned for December where fans will be able to meet players, take behind-the-scenes tours and plenty more. Council’s $20 million investment into the complex will attract visitors to Springfield from far and wide and generate economic benefits for local businesses.
Have your say at Olympics summit
Council is committed to supporting local sporting clubs and delivering high-quality facilities as we prepare to welcome world-class athletes for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.
The Brighton Homes Arena is flagged as a venue for the 2032 Games and we will work with our community, sporting and business leaders over the coming months to develop a Olympics roadmap for the Ipswich region.
The Ipswich 2032 Legacy Summit will be held on 14 October to start the conversation about maximising the opportunities the Olympic and Paralympic Games will bring, whilst mitigating risks. Some of the region’s biggest names are joining local community groups to start the conversation with opportunities for a conversation with the wider community to follow.
Seniors month activities
Council has partnered with community centres at Redbank Plains, Goodna, Rosewood, Springfield, Camira, Gailes and Riverview to host a range of Seniors Month activities. Queensland Seniors Month runs from 1 to 31 October and council is celebrating the contributions of older residents with a month of events across the city.
The contribution by seniors to our community is invaluable and it’s important we take time to acknowledge it. Visit council’s website to find an online calendar that details the events planned for the month-long celebration.
Temporary closure of Orion Lagoon
Council will be carrying out repair work at Orion Lagoon, Springfield Central from Tuesday 4 October until Monday 17 October.
Repair work will be undertaken on the replacement of expansion joints in the kids’ zone and main lagoon, removal and replacement of some sections of pebble surface and pressure testing.
These works will ensure that Orion Lagoon is ready for residents to cool off during our busy and hot summer months.