Claudia Baxter

Ripley Valley’s new Providence to be home to 20,0000

IT'S been 11 years since property developer Cameron Shephard first gazed upon the Ripley Valley and envisaged the vibrant community of Providence.

That vision is at last becoming a reality, with construction of the first two stages of the project now well under way.

Already being hailed as "the heart and soul of the valley", Providence will be one of Queensland's largest residential land developments.

It will be constructed across 670ha - about three times the size of the Brisbane CBD - and, once complete, will include 7000 homes for up to 20,000 residents.

Mr Shephard is the executive director of residential development company Amex Corporation and said he was excited to see the project finally come to fruition.

He said the early facilities being delivered included a neighbourhood centre with community space, cafe, parkland recreation areas and cycle and walking trails, "all of which will provide residents with great amenities for their families".

Providence's master plan includes a future town centre with a modern main street style, supermarket, retail shops and a civic town park.

Also planned are two primary and secondary schools, a health and wellbeing precinct, 15ha of sports and recreational facilities and 200ha of green and open space.

The community's home display village, neighbourhood centre and park facility is set for completion by mid next year.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he was pleased to have great projects like Providence delivered by reputable companies like Amex.

"This is going to be a template for other master-planned communities," he said.

As one of the fastest developing areas, Ripley Valley is projected to accommodate 10% of south-east Queensland's population growth within the next 25 years, with a projected growth of 120,000.

"This is where it's all going to happen," Cr Pisasale said. "This is where all the jobs will be created and this is going to be a place for families to enjoy."

Prices for land are expected to range between $135,000-$199,000 per lot.

BMD Constructions was awarded the civil work construction contract, worth $16 million, for the first two stages of the project.