First buyers have generational link

Walloon master planned community launched

A proud moment for Dr Derek Chong and his wife Elizabeth, the first purchasers of land at Waterlea Walloon, seen here locating their block on the masterplan with General Manager Kara Jones.

THE $1.5 billion expansion of Australia’s largest air force base at Amberley has triggered a local property boom with a new $350 million master planned community at Walloon set to capitalise on the nearly 2,000 new base staff and their families moving to the area.

On completion the Waterlea Walloon community will comprise of 1,500 homes across eight neighbourhood pockets with a population of about 4,500. Each community pocket will be connected by parks, hiking and bike trails, with community areas for concerts and vast green spaces all available for residents to enjoy. Stage 1 of the 185 ha site is nearing completion with a selection of home sites ranging from 400sqm to 885sqm and prices starting at $159,000.

Waterlea is expected to make a major contribution to satisfying demand for new homes in the area with Ipswich’s current population of 190,000 projected to increase to 435,000 by 2031. Waterlea Development Manager Andrew Cook said the project would set a new benchmark for residential living in Ipswich. “Being so close to the Amberley Air Base and with the massive investment in new facilities and people there, we are confident there will be plenty of demand for many years to come,” he said.

“We’ve specifically designed Waterlea to facilitate a cohesive and modern community where people feel at home, enriched and welcome, and where community and amenity grow hand in glove over time.”

“This new estate is ideally positioned to capitalise on an increase in the workforce at Amberley as well as growth across the wider Ipswich region,”

Mayor Paul Pisasale said. “Ipswich is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia and currently home to more than 196,000 people with the city’s population expected to reach 520,000 by 2041.

“Providing a job is one of the most important things you can do for a person and the creation of high quality affordable housing is important to the success of our city. Mr Cook said he looked forward to playing a large part in Ipswich’s significant transformation and growth with Waterlea.

“It will be a great place for those looking to live in a brand-new, close knit community in the west,” he said. “Our vision was to show commitment to restoring local ecosystems, with an offering shaped by nature and enhanced through sensitive environmental design.

“A serpentine creek is the jewel in the crown of Waterlea with its formal edge framed by gardens, creating a family-oriented, relaxing community.

“Ipswich hasn’t seen a development like this since Springfield Lakes,” he said.

Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr David Pahike with Waterlea Walloon’s General Manager Kara Jones and Development Manager Andrew Cook at the launch of the development that will change the face of rural Ipswich.

“The project provides high-quality residential offerings on large blocks, with plenty of open space and recreational facilities, as well as public access to the waterfront café overlooking water.

Oliver Hume Joint Managing Director Queensland Brinton Keath said Waterlea was an impressive project providing residents with easy access to Ipswich and Brisbane.

“The project will combine choice with affordability to demonstrate how well-master planned projects can revitalise an area and empower communities to fulfil their potential,” he said.

“Waterlea will deliver the perfect residential address; the project is a shining example of a stunning residential transformation, and will add to the boom currently underway in this south-west corridor,” he said.

Waterlea Joint Project Director Adam Kaye said he was proud to be part of such a community-driven development and is confident Waterlea will be a great success.