South East Queensland predicted to rise from 3.5 to 5.5 million residents over the next 3 decades a number of Springfield style megacities are a solution that is already getting underway.
The race is on in South East Queensland to keep up with an inevitable near doubling of the current population over the next 30 years. Successful outer Brisbane satellite cities such as Springfield in the outer West and North Lakes to the North have shown the ability these virtually independent cities have to sustain growth in the region.
University of Queensland Emeritus Professor Bob Stimson – an analytical human geographer and regional scientist for half a century spoke to Fairfax Media back in 2015 on the need for 10 to 12 large master-planned communities of similar magnitude to Springfield and North Lakes to keep up with the extra 2.2 million. Professor Stimson made it clear the Southeast could no longer rely on increasing densification within the existing areas.
Back in 2010 then Premier Anna Bligh announced plans for three megacities in Southeast Queensland, Ripley (near Ipswich), Yarrabilba (south of Logan) and Bromelton (6kms south of Beaudesert) all of which are now thoroughly underway and thriving. The foundation of these cities popping up all the way from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast is seeing an influx of investors taking advantage of the projected growth and unavoidable need for housing.
A fortunate consequence adding to the over-all improvement across the board has been an increase in employment and job opportunities in the areas surrounding the new cities with the Greater Springfield area being a prime example.
As these cities continue to grow more and more infrastructure is being based within the cities including a mix of industrial, commercial and retail being seen in Springfield. This style of sustainable growth has created a replicable roadmap for similar developments.
“Springfield in the outer West and North Lakes to the North have shown the ability these virtually independent cities have to sustain growth in the region”
As the region grows closer to meeting the requirements of a growing population we are seeing the utilisation of smarter planning with the development of these cities setting up the region to be ready for the developments of the future.
With planned increases in transport options and infrastructure, we will continue to watch very keenly as South East Queensland looks to compete to become a globally innovative city.