Australia Day celebrations at Orion Lagoon.
Australia Day celebrations at Orion Lagoon. David Nielsen

Lagoon name could still change

TODAY: THE Ipswich City Council is still looking for new naming rights partners for the Orion Lagoon.

Yesterday Mirvac confirmed they had reached terms to continue sponsoring the lagoon for another year, but today a council spokesman said that agreement was on a month by month basis.

"At its meeting on 14 November 2018, council adopted a recommendation to undertake an Expression of Interest campaign for the naming rights of the Springfield Lagoon and to extend the existing agreement with Mirvac in the interim," the council spokesperson said.

"Council is currently developing a scope of works for the EOI campaign and hopes to release to market as soon as possible and finalise a naming right agreement for the lagoon.

"Council sees this as a great opportunity and hopes to attract interest from local businesses, although the EOI campaign will likely be advertised nationally.

"The revenue that the naming rights agreement is expected to generate will be used to subsidise maintenance costs of the lagoon and contribute to community programs to benefit Ipswich residents.

"If the EOI campaign is successful and genuine interest is received, council will move to an open tender process."

YESTERDAY: AN agreement has been reached to name the popular Lagoon at Robelle Domain.

After negotiations stalled between Mirvac and the Ipswich City Council last month, the council announced they would take expressions of interest for naming rights over the lagoon.

The council had an agreement with Mirvac which runs Orion Springfield Central to name the Orion Lagoon from its opening in September 2015 until September 2018.

Now Mirvac have confirmed they have reached an agreement to name the lagoon for another year.

"Orion Springfield Central are pleased to have reached terms with Ipswich City Council to continue the sponsorship of the Orion Lagoon," a spokesperson said.

"The Orion Lagoon is much loved by our community and we are proud to be continuing our support which will see the continuation of the very popular Summer Dive In Movie Series with the first screening on 23 December."

Tens of thousands of people flock to the picturesque water playground at Southern Cross Circuit every weekend over the summer.

Last month the council announced the expression of interest campaign saying the council would then go to a tender process if there was enough interest

Ipswich City Council has been contacted for comment.