New towns for southeast Queensland

THE Queensland Government has announced three brand new cities will be built in the state’s southeast from the ground up to take pressure off population growth. The Government’s powerful land development body will take control of three greenfield areas in the region’s west and southwest to quickly deliver new masterplanned communities set to be home to an extra 250,000 people.

Construction is likely to start in the three areas at Ripley Valley, west of Springfield, and Greater Flagstone and Yarrabilba, in Logan’s south near Jimboomba, before the end of next year.
Premier Anna Bligh said the new “model cities” would “work better than anything we have seen in Queensland before”.

She said the model cities would allow children to walk to school, workers to catch public transport and families to enjoy ample green open space. But fast tracking development of these areas may add to the region’s urban sprawl, with the new satellite cities located up to 40km away from the centre of Brisbane.

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