The abandoned Ipswich Transit Centre in the CBD has been put up for sale by the state government.
The abandoned Ipswich Transit Centre in the CBD has been put up for sale by the state government.

Government makes call on Ipswich Transit Centre

THE state government looks likely to put the derelict Ipswich Transit Centre up for sale a decade after it was flooded.

Many ideas have been thrown around over the past 10 years to revitalise the abandoned facility but nothing has ever come to fruition.

It serves as little more than an ugly eyesore in the city’s CBD.

Turning the site into parkland, a performing arts centre, a hotel or a restaurant has been mooted in the past, as has overhauling it as a rejuvenated ‘transport hub’.

The five parcels of land which make up the transit centre site were listed as surplus on the Government Land Register in the middle of March by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Assets are registered as surplus on the state government’s GLR for a minimum of 30 days before marketing to sell them can start.

This is to allow other government departments to “have priority” over acquiring surplus government sites.

The 30 day timeframe for the Ipswich Transit Centre ends on April 21.

“The site is not currently listed for sale,” a department spokesman said.

“We are working through internal processes and investigating a range of long-term options suitable for the former Ipswich Transit Centre site.”

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said she was informed last week of this development.

“The ratepayers are investing a lot of money in the CBD and this is an eyesore,” she said.

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“It’s not being used.

“We don’t know if it’s structurally sound. We’d love to see a structural assessment that (the Department of Transport and Main Roads) has.”

Cr Harding said she did not believe putting the site up for sale was the right decision.

It’s not the first time the state government has looked to offload the facility.

Demolishing the facility is off the table due to the substantial cost of doing so.

“The community really wants to see it filled in or fixed up,” Cr Harding said.

“I think the community has come up with a lot of good ideas for it.

“I don’t think it’s a good solution selling it off to private industry.

“It would be good if the state government ran some community consultation.

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“It’s difficult but I don’t think selling it off to the highest bidder is the best outcome for the people of Ipswich.”

Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard did not respond to requests for comment about the future of the site.

The Department of Transport of Main Roads said in January it was investigating “long-term” options for the transit centre.

“We are keen to see the site ultimately complement the city centre and TMR is continuing to work with relevant stakeholders to reach the best outcome,” a department spokesperson said.

“Existing site constraints, topography, easements, existing built form, adjacent roads, site access, proximity to David Trumpy Bridge, and the site being traversed by Mansfield Place limits viable redevelopment options and the attractiveness of the site to future owners.”

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