Deputy Prime Minister visits Ecco Ripley and Ripley Town Centre
Date: 4 March 2021
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who was joined by Senator Paul Scarr, recently visited Ecco Ripley and Ripley Town Centre to see firsthand how the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder grant scheme has been helping local families build and move into their dream homes sooner.
The federal representatives had the opportunity to tour Ecco Ripley’s new display homes under construction and recognise the success of the government’s economic recovery plan to support the construction or major rebuild of around 15,000 homes across Australia.
For Ecco Ripley residents, the HomeBuilder grants have opened the door for buyers wishing to enter the property market or upgrade to a new home in Queensland’s booming western growth corridor.
“People who thought they would never be in a position to buy and build their own home have been given the opportunity to do so thanks to the HomeBuilder grant,” said Sekisui House Australia Queensland State Sales Manager Scott Blaney.
“Buyers have realised tremendous savings, and have taken advantage of Ecco Ripley’s unrivalled connectivity to parklands, green open space and Ripley Town Centre.”
A number of premium land releases within Ecco Ripley have also been fast tracked as a result of the HomeBuilder grant, with never-before-seen sales growth. The official visit, which was hosted by Ipswich City Council, was also an opportunity for Mayor Teresa Harding and Deputy Mayor Marnie Doyle to discuss the need for the Ipswich Central to Springfield Central (I2S) Public Transport Corridor and Council’s commitment to proceed with a detailed options analysis.
With $1 million already secured from the State Government to progress to the next phase of development, subject to a matching contribution from the Federal Government and $500,000 from Ipswich City Council, Mayor Teresa Harding highlighted the significance of further funding with the Deputy Prime Minister and Senator Scarr.
Mayor Teresa Harding said it was important that growing residential communities like Ecco Ripley and Ripley Town Centre stay connected to jobs, health care services, education and recreation options, with the I2S Public Transport Corridor a critical link that will shape southern Queensland and the state more broadly.
Importantly, the I2S Public Transport Corridor has now been recognised by Infrastructure Australia as a Priority Initiative, with further development and assessment of the project a national priority.