Posted 15 Oct, 2015
Sekisui House today reached a major milestone at Ripley Valley, turning the first sod on Stage 1 of the $1.5billion Ripley Town Centre.
Ipswich City Mayor Cr Paul Pisasale joined Sekisui House Australia Managing Director and CEO Toru Abe to turn the first sod. Stage 1 is on schedule to open in 2017, providing a 3,800m² full line Coles supermarket, 20 specialty shops and a medical centre.
Mr Abe said Ripley Town Centre would be the primary town centre for the Ripley Valley, and Stage 1 would deliver a number of key services.
“On completion Ripley Town Centre will service 120,000 people and offer 257,000m2 GFA – approximately 40 football fields – providing retail, commercial and community space,” Mr Abe said.
“As the primary town centre for the Ripley Valley region, Ripley Town Centre will deliver a major regional shopping centre, a transit centre, health and education facilities, cafes, restaurants, parks and community facilities to cater to the region’s projected population of 120,000 people over the next 20 years.
“As part of Sekisui House’s commitment to upfront investment, more than $40 million is being invested in Stage 1 of Ripley Town Centre, which will include upgrades to Ripley Road to improve links to the Cunningham and Centenary Highways.
Ripley Town Centre will be the heart of our residential community Ecco Ripley, providing residents and the wider Ripley Valley region with key retail and community services.
“Significantly, this month Ecco Ripley celebrates three years since its first sod was turned.”
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the turning of Ripley Town Centre’s first sod was a huge milestone for the Ripley Valley region.
“Ripley Valley is going from strength-to-strength and its sustainable development will be a major contributor to population growth. By 2031 an estimated 442,000 residents will call Ipswich home,” Cr Pisasale said.
“Located in the western growth corridor, Ripley Valley is expected to accommodate 25 percent of South-East Queensland’s population increase over the next 20 years and Ripley Town Centre will provide key services to the region.”
Coles Regional Manager Tanya Travis said Ripley Town Centre would be home to the first Coles store for the Ripley Valley region.
“It’s an exciting time for Coles to branch out into a new region and be a part of, what will be the go-to retail destination of the Ripley Valley,” Ms Travis said.
“Doors are set to open to our full line Coles Supermarket in 2017, with more than 200 jobs to be delivered during construction and employment opportunities provided to more than 100 locals.”
To keep up to-date with on what’s on offer at Ecco Ripley, contact the team by visiting www.eccoripley.com.au or contacting 1800 RIPLEY (741 593).
Ripley Town Centre
Developed by Sekisui House, the Ripley Town Centre will be the heart of Ecco Ripley and will provide the primary retail and commercial centre for the Ripley Valley region. On completion Ripley Town Centre will service 120,000 people and offer 257,000m2 GFA – approximately 40 football fields – providing retail, commercial and community space, all in the heart of Ripley Valley’s emerging new community, Ecco Ripley.
About Ecco Ripley
Ecco Ripley will be a vibrant community in the picturesque Ripley Valley, located just 11 minutes from Ipswich and 39 minutes from Brisbane. Framed by landmark peaks and hills where the iconic Bundamba creek merges with an array of green parks, nature strips and wide-open spaces. The community is being developed upon four key pillars: an Environment full of life, Connected to the Community and creating Opportunities- ECCO.
Set amongst 194 hectares the community will offer over 4,000 dwellings each within precincts that will have their own individual identity while being connected to over 40 hectares of open space parklands and the future town centre ‘Ripley Town Centre’ which will form the central hub for the entire Ripley Valley region. Ecco Ripley is one of five large-scale property development projects in Australia to achieve a 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.