September: Mayor’s message to the business community
Mayor’s column | Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce monthly newsletter
Reducing Springfield’s Carbon Footprint
Recycled materials are being incorporated into the Springfield Parkway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial project as part of council’s focus to reduce the region’s carbon footprint.
A foam bitumen is being used which is made up of existing on-site material, reducing the need to transport new products to the site.
Foam bitumen is also more environmentally friendly to produce as it does not need the high temperatures that traditional bitumen does.
Council is leading the way on circular economy initiatives through its Waste and Circular Economy Transformation Policy Directive, which will change the way our city thinks about waste, recycling and modern manufacturing.
Springfield Parkway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial are being expanded from two lanes to four lanes to improve access for industry and the growing population.
The projects are now moving into their next phase of construction and are due for completion in late 2023 with a further $23 million allocated over the next year.
School holiday fun in Springfield
The weather is warming up and it’s school holiday time, so why not get the kids away from their screens and sign them up for some great outdoor activities?
They can learn all about canoeing and water safety at Regatta Lake on Monday, 19 September 19 showcasing what the beautiful man-made lakes have to offer.
To make a booking ring Council on 3810 6100 or head to Active Kids: Ipswich City Council.
If the kids prefer dry-land activities, Parkrun Australia recently launched a new community parkrun event at Springfield Central every Saturday at 7am.
The weekly free 5km run/walk starts at Southern Cross Circuit, Robelle Domain. For more information: https://www.parkrun.com.au/robelledomain/
There are also skateboarding classes being put on by Springfield Library for kids aged 4 and up. All they need is their own skateboard and professional coaches will be on hand to show them all the latest riding techniques. Contact the Library for details on 3810 6100 or head to https://www.ipswichlibraries.com.au/
Free swimming lessons for Springfield residents
Springfield residents can brush up on water safety through a series of free programs this Spring and Summer. It’s part of council’s efforts to support children and adults to be safe in and around the water.
The free lessons will be on offer at Orion Lagoon, Springfield Central from 21 to 25 November and 5 to 9 December. To make a booking call 3810 6100.
Council is also working to promote pool safety and will be running a pool fence and gate safety program throughout September.
A thorough safety check of your pool fence and gate takes very little time but could have a life changing impact if not done regularly.
I encourage all Springfield pool owners to check their pool fences each season, as it could save a life.
Orion Lagoon and zero-depth water parks have now headed into summer hours meaning they will be operating seven days a week from 5am until 9pm.
New traffic signals coming to Eden Station Drive
Council will commit $437,845 to new traffic signals on Eden Station Drive near the Springfield Central Stadium (Brighton Homes Arena).
Council has already contributed more than $20 million towards the council-owned, Brisbane Lions Football Club (BLFC) leased sports ground and high-performance centre at Springfield Central, Brighton Homes Arena.
And in closing I would like to wish Springfield City Group a happy 30 years of bringing growth, business and housing to Ipswich.