As our population increases, satellite cities like Greater Springfield will be the future.
It was inevitable that the borders between Brisbane and the Gold Coast would merge due to surging rates of population growth, but south-bound is not the only area where boundaries are arbitrary. After all, cities are defined by their population and not by the imaginary boundaries laid down by council bureaucrats.
With very little green belt from Tweed Heads in Northern New South Wales to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and its south-east Queensland compatriot local authorities is gradually merging into a metropolis of 2.2 million people.
This growth has resulted in the emergence of satellite cities such as Springfield to the west of the CBD – an example of urban planning gone right. Located 15 kilometres from Ipswich and 30 kilometres along the Centenary Highway to Brisbane, Springfield has become more than a dormitory suburban town but a self-contained city with its own health care providers, retail centres and employment zones together with schools and higher education campuses.
Whilst many people work in and around Brisbane there is a growing number who work within the satellite city. Amelia Francis, a 26 year old health care worker moved from Ipswich for a new job in Springfield. “Wayne and I just love it here. We were able to buy our first home which is five minutes from my work and everyone is so friendly”.
Andrew Fraser is an accountant who bought in Springfield two years ago but does the daily commute to his office on Eagle Street.
“We moved here from the city because we could afford a house large enough for our two young children. The train journey takes about the same as it used to take me when we lived in Morayfield. We just love it for the lifestyle.”
For Brisbane workers there is now a regular rail service taking just 45 minutes from Springfield to Central which is 15 minutes quicker than the journey in from Cleveland, and not too dissimilar for the traditional commutes from Beenleigh, Ferny Grove and the outer northern suburbs.
National property developer Investa is one of the many companies that has recognised the value of Greater Springfield.
Investa’s Brentwood Rise development at Augustine Heights offers a choice of allotments in a natural bushland setting with parks to play in, schools close by and just five minutes from Orion Shopping Centre with its Woolworths and Big W.
With three stages fully sold and the final stage now selling it epitomises the lifestyle attainable in this fresh city.
Master planned communities which offer affordable options supported by amenities and infrastructure are a vision of our future.