Free Drop-In Child Health Services Clinic Opens at Orion Springfield Central

A new drop-in child health services clinic from West Moreton Health has opened at Orion Springfield Central and will operate at no cost to the parents of 0 to 12-year-old kids. 

The free clinic, launched on 20 Jan 2021, is located near the Springfield Central Library and will run every Monday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. on a first-come-first-serve basis. By 5 April 2021, appointments will be accepted from 1:00 3:30 p.m.

West Moreton Health announced the free clinic’s opening on their Facebook page.  This initiative was made possible with the help of the Ipswich City Council.   

“We were thrilled to welcome the first families — Amy and baby Oliver and his sister Audrey, as well as Kaylah and Darren with their children Isla and Harper,” the announcement read. “Parents can speak to a child health nurse for support and information about everything from growth and development, sleep and behaviour to feeding and nutrition.” 

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Photo Credit: West Moreton Health/Facebook

The child health services clinic provides the following services:  

  • growth and development
  • feeding and nutrition
  • sleep and behaviour information
  • parent support
  • opportunity to meet other parents
  • child hearing checks by appointment
  • information regarding other services
  • self weigh baby scales (for selected clinics)

COVID-19 guidelines will be observed at the free clinic. For enquiries and other concerns, locals may call 1800 607 030.

3 Free Greater Springfield Venues for Your Kids’ Enrichment

Are you looking for boredom-busting ideas for your kids? This January 2021, three venues in Greater Springfield are offering free exciting and enriching activities for your children and teens. 

There are heaps of fun activities to choose from whether it’s unrestricted play for the little ones or a coaching program for the big kids. Plan your schedule and mark your calendars as these activities will happen before another school term starts.

1. Springfield Central Sports & Community Hall

Location: 134a Parkland Drive

Across the Springfield Central State High School Hall is a new sports and community centre that’s kicking off its youth program for 12 to 18-year-old kids with the help of the YMCA Brisbane and the Ipswich City Council.

On Monday, 18 Jan 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., REKKON Youth will host a social session to boost the confidence and self-esteem of teenagers. 

Then on 19, 21 and 22 Jan 2021, a cooking class hosted by Jamie’s Ministry of Food. Participants for this activity are limited and there’s a minimal fee of $10 per child.

For enquiries, phone or message 0476 021 906. 

2. Orion Springfield Central 

Location: 1 Main Street

The shopping centre on Main Street has recently unveiled its newest outdoor attraction for all abilities. The venue has now incorporated an in-ground trampoline and an inclusive wheelchair carousel. 

Photo Credit: Orion Springfield Central

Drive the whole family down to the centre’s lagoon, where a free movie will screen on Saturday, 16 Jan 2021 at 5:00 p.m. while the kids are playing in the water.

For details about this event, visit the Orion Springfield Central’s Facebook page. Please note that Orion Lagoon is operating in line with Government guidelines for Greater Springfield.

3. Springfield Central Sports Tennis Centre

Location: 22 Sportstar Drive 

The Tennis Centre on Sporstar Drive has opened. On Saturday, 23 Jan 2021, from 9:00 a.m. t 2:00 p.m., world-ranking tennis players and some local sports stars will be at the venue to meet budding athletes. They will also be able to try a variety of free activities with some of the inspiring guests. 

This event is hosted by Baseline Tennis Coaching and will include the following: 

  • Free Cardio Tennis and activities for everyone
  • Exhibition Matches with world ranked juniors (from 10:00 a.m.)
  • Beat the coach (11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
  • Membership Specials on the day
  • Raffle tickets for awesome prizes
  • Sausage Sizzle and drinks available for purchase

Timezone Is Coming to Orion Springfield Central

Hold on to your hats and get your game faces on as Timezone is set to open at Orion Springfield Central by 2020.

Who’s in for some fun games at the arcade? Well, Springfield locals are in luck because the long wait is finally over—Timezone is on its way to Orion Springfield Central!

Initial works have already started last October 2019, and construction has finally commenced a month after its preparatory stage. However, all work will be paused for the busy Christmas trading period, and it is expected to pick up its pace again early in the New Year.

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Orion Springfield Central’s new entertainment precinct has a size of 1,231 square metres, and it is located near the Target loading dock in the southern car park of the centre. With weather permitting, Timezone is set to open by mid-2020.

Here are the expected features of Timezone at Orion Springfield Central:

  • Four lanes of tenpin bowling
  • Dedicated party room
  • Laser tag arena
  • Spin zone bumper cars
  • Arcade games
  • Chill out zone

Other Expansions at Orion Springfield Central

Photo credit: Orion Springfield Centra/ Facebook

Aside from the centre’s new entertainment precinct, Orion Springfield Central  also recently refurbished Aldi and opened up a new three-storey adventure playground last November and October 2019, respectively.

The shopping centre will also be constructing a new food court with an alfresco area, providing extra seating, new furnishings, family-friendly pods, and pet-friendly dining areas. Construction for the new food court is expected to start in the new year and be completed by Spring 2020.

Plans Lodged for Indoor Entertainment Area at Orion Springfield Central

An indoor entertainment precinct featuring ten pin bowling lanes will soon be built at Orion Springfield Central should a development application be approved.

The proposal is seeking to include a laser tag arena, a party room and arcade gaming area. It will also include an office space and a prize collection area.

To facilitate the construction, the applicant will remove 78 car parking spaces adjacent to the new building and will temporarily pull out existing shade sails in the car park near Target.

Lodged by Mirvac in May 2019, the 1232-sqm indoor entertainment area will serve as an extension to the current centre and will be constructed in three stages.

The first stage will involve closing the southern car park and demolition works, whilst Stage 2 will be for construction of a reconfigured car park and tenancy structures.

The final stage will be dedicated for reopening of the southern car park and tenancy fit-outs. Mirvac also lodged an application with the Ipswich City Council for 126 additional car parking spaces off Sirius Drive.

If given the green light, this entertainment area will greatly please a number of locals who missed tenpin bowling since the Ipswich Tenpin at Bundamba was destroyed in the floods of January 2011.

The new entertainment precinct will be built near the existing Target loading dock in the centre’s southern carpark.

For more information about this proposed development, see ADP – 3674 / 2019.

New Pet Deck Application at Orion Springfield Central Under Scrutiny By Locals

While the planned on-site off-leash dog park is still underway at Orion Springfield Central, the shopping centre is showing more love to animals as they submitted a new development application for a pet-friendly dining deck.

The application has received several feedback from locals. Residents expressed their views on The Springfield News Facebook page. Some are not keen on the application as they fear that the dogs might hurt people whilst others are concerned about the smell. On the other hand, there are also a lot of people who have expressed enthusiasm over the application.

Photo credit: The Springfield News / Facebook

The deck will be an extension of the existing food court at the shopping centre. Detailed plans to develop a new structure for the deck have been submitted for approval. Plans will ensure that it will only have a minimal impact on the turtle pond landscape.

Photo credit: Ipswich City Council

A spokeswoman for the shopping centre said that although animals will be welcome at the centre, there will be certain restricted areas. Also, dogs must always be under the close supervision of their owners and leashed at all times unless in the off-leash dog park. There will be dog services and facilities available in the area.

The shopping centre also assures that dog areas in the centre will be clearly marked.

Along with a new pet deck, the new application also includes seating pods, lounges, cabanas and other pet-friendly areas. The new dog park, which is currently under construction is at the top of Main Street, is set to open in early 2018.

Lightning McQueen & The Crew Heads Down to Orion Springfield Central

On 27th September to 1st October, the most loved Disney-Pixar Cars will be hitting the track at Orion Springfield Central from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Kids will enjoy meeting and greeting Mack the Transporter and of course, Lightning McQueen, and sliding their way down the inflatable slide.

For the more adventurous adrenaline junkies, there is a Crazy Eights Scooter race track that’s guaranteed to set your hearts racing.

A Mater’s Workshop, which involves Arts & Crafts activities will provide a leisurely break before going off to watch (or join!) the pit stop challenge. In the pit stop challenge, participants will prepare their cars to compete against others to the finish line. A racing centre will also let you create your own car license and test your skills on their reflex tester to see how fast you can react to situations on the road.

No bookings are required for this event. Make the most of the last few days of spring holidays!