Posted 7 Jun, 2017
THE $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre will offer a full suite of health services to the Ripley Valley’s burgeoning population after locking in a major medical operator.
Victoria-based, The Quay Family Healthcare has taken a 1,740sqm tenancy for a medical centre within the $40 million first stage of the Ripley Town Centre that is now under construction.
Upon completion, The Quay Family Healthcare will offer a wide range of medical services including general practitioners, specialists, pathology, radiology, optometry, dental care, podiatry and other allied health.
It will be the 25th medical centre for the group and its second in Queensland
Sekisui House Australia CEO and managing director Toru Abe said the medical centre would provide Ripley Valley residents with a wide array of essential health services under one roof.
“This is a major tenant for the Ripley Town Centre not only in terms of its size but also because of its importance to the surrounding community,” Mr Abe said.
“It will put a comprehensive medical precinct within easy reach of residents who will benefit from the range of health services available as well as its convenient location within the Ripley Town Centre precinct.
“We are thrilled to have such an experienced medical provider on board to service the everyday medical needs of the entire Ripley Valley population, which is expected to grow to 120,000 over the next 20 years.”
Ripley Town Centre is seen as a major driver of growth for the region as more tenants are secured, with the medical centre set to provide all residents greater access to a range of medical services.
The Quay Family Healthcare Practice Manager Nazmi Msamih said the group’s vision has always been to extend its reach regionally within NSW and QLD.
“We focus on newly developing areas in hope of increasing accessibility of quality healthcare to all Australians,” Mr Msamih said.
We see a great future for health clinics within Queensland due to growth in migration. People are willing to settle in areas with an abundant of job opportunities, which is something that new developments offer.
“Elderly demographics also look to invest and retire in ‘quiet’ regions, therefore the need for amenities such as health would be a major point of concern.”
The Quay Family Healthcare’s Ripley Medical Precinct is one of the company’s largest medical precincts to date.
The Ripley Town Centre will service Ecco Ripley and the entire Ripley Valley, which is set to become one of the largest pre-planned communities in Australia and support the significant growth of the Ipswich population, forecast to surge to 327,000 by 2041.
The Ripley Town Centre will create an exciting new community and become the primary Town Centre for the entire Ripley Valley, whilst also providing services for closer residents at Ecco Ripley and neighbouring developments such as Providence and Sovereign Pocket.
It will ultimately comprise a broad range of commercial and retail spaces, a dining precinct, regional transit hub, community and entertainment facilities as well as residential, and is expected to be a major growth catalyst for the Ripley Valley.
Division 3 Councillor Kerry Silver said she was delighted to see the Ecco Ripley community continuing to emerge with the announcement of a major health operator taking its place in the Ripley Town Centre.
“The news that The Quay Family Healthcare will operate this health facility is yet another step towards Ecco Ripley becoming a complete community by offering its residents a diverse array of services, facilities and opportunities,” Cr Silver said.
“With so many people forecast to live at Ecco Ripley and in the wider Ripley Valley, it’s vital that the Ripley Town Centre establishes itself as the region’s hub, and it is wonderful and reassuring to see that process unfolding.”
The first stage of Ripley Town Centre will comprise a marketplace-style centre totalling 9,400 sqm, anchored by a 3,800sqm Coles supermarket and supported by 20 specialty stores, the medical centre and commercial office space.
Civil works for the Ripley Town Centre, including major roadworks to support the development, were completed last year by Sekisui House, the world’s biggest residential construction company.