Planned Bus Service to Help Augustine Heights Residents Send Their Children To St Edmund’s College with Ease

Families from  Augustine Heights may soon be able to send their children to one of the city’s most prestigious schools with ease, thanks to a plan for new school bus service in the area.

School Takes Action

The suburb is one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland, along with Ripley and Redbank Plains. The growing population translates to more traffic in these areas and with minimal public transport available, St Edmund’s College has taken action.

St Edmund’s College, in partnership with St Mary’s College, is exploring the possibility of starting their new bus service, set to operate in 2019. Should everything go as planned, it will cover Augustine Heights, Ripley, and Redbank Plains.

This is the school’s initiative to help parents who wish to send their boys to the school without worrying about transportation.

What The Council is Doing

For its part, Ipswich City Council continues to find ways to improve its transport system. Cr Bromage is supportive of better transportation in the city. This, after a recently released traffic data showed that Augustine Heights and other outer eastern suburbs have maintained the highest five-year growth at 31%, based on the council’s 2017 Strategic Traffic Count Program.

“In particular, the continued high growth trend in vehicle trips provides justification for the need for Ipswich residents to be provided access to viable and high quality public and active transport alternatives,” Ms Bromage said.

Augustine Heights Is a Hot Contender For Ipswich’s Fast Food Capital

Surrounding Springfield Lakes, Augustine Heights has become informally known as Ipswich’s fast food capital.

This news came upon the opening of Australia’s biggest Red Rooster store in the suburb in early December joining the newly-opened McDonalds in the area. Zaraffas and Guzman Y Gomez also joined the fast food family in the suburb.

According to the development director of Springfield Land Corporation Commercial, these fast food chains are a good fit for the area and that residents should expect more to come.

They will not only bring food chains but they will also open other types of establishments that will bring more jobs to the people. These recently opened fast food chains have given thousands of jobs to the community. The recently opened Red Rooster still have at least 40 job openings to be filled. There have been over 120 jobs created across the two open stores since it started construction in April.


Competing For the Title of Fast Food Capital

However, Augustine Heights is up against both Redbank Plains and West Ipswich as “fast food capital”. Both these suburbs also have a significant number of fast food establishments in their vicinity.

West Ipswich
Redbank Plains