Springfield Gears Up for Six-Month E-Scooter Trial

Did you know that a six-month e-scooter trial will be conducted in Springfield Central, Spring Mountain, and Springfield Lakes through leading e-scooter hire company Beam, in collaboration with Ipswich City Council?

Starting 8 July 2023, residents and locals in those areas will have access to Beam’s latest fleet of top-of-the-range, safety-focused e-scooters, riding them around as a convenient and safe transportation alternative, reducing reliance on private cars and public transport and providing data that would be useful in deciding on a longer term use case for them. 

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To ensure safe usage, e-scooters and personal mobility devices will be permitted on footpaths, shared paths, separated paths, bike paths, and local streets with a speed limit of 50 km/h or less and no dividing line. 

E-Scooter Trial
Photo credit: Beam AU/Facebook

The introduction of e-scooters aligns with Ipswich City Council’s iGO Intelligent Transport Systems Strategy, which was adopted in 2019. This strategy outlines a roadmap for integrating new technologies, such as e-scooters, into the city’s transport networks. 

E-Scooter Trial
Photo credit: Beam AU/Facebook

Speed limits for e-scooters are set at 12km/h on footpaths, shared paths, and crossings, and 25km/h on permitted local roads, bike paths, and bike lanes, unless otherwise indicated by signage.

Beam was selected for the trial due to its strong safety record and commitment to prioritising pedestrian safety. The company employs geo-locking technology to restrict e-scooters from entering high pedestrian zones and enforces maximum speed limits.

Deputy Chairperson of the Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee and Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully emphasised the importance of the e-scooter trial, stating that it will allow residents to try out shared e-scooters and provide their thoughts and input on how council might integrate e-scooters into the city’s transport network for the long term.

Photo credit: Beam AU/Facebook

The six-month trial period, running until December 2023, will provide ample time for residents to experience the benefits of shared e-scooters and offer valuable feedback to the council. 

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Beam, in preparation for the launch, will also host the Beam Safe Academy event, aimed at educating the community about e-scooter safety and gathering their input. This event will take place at the Robelle Domain car park next to the Orion Lagoon on Saturday, 8 July 2023 starting at 9 a.m, providing curious residents with the opportunity to test ride the scooters.

Published 6-July-2023

Springfield Rise Welcomes The Opening Of Silver Jubilee Park

The Silver Jubilee Park at Springfield Rise, the newly developed master planned community in Spring Mountain, is now open.

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Spanning over 14.4 hectares, Silver Jubilee Park offers a diverse range of recreational amenities. It features a versatile sporting field that can accommodate two contact rugby fields or alternatively one AFL field. 

Additionally, there are six basketball and netball hardcourts, along with shaded picnic and barbeque areas, a thrilling kids’ adventure playground, a toddlers play area, an amenity block, and ample parking facilities.

Photo credit: Springfield Rise & Springfield Lakes/Facebook

During the park’s official opening day on 22 April 2023, local families flocked to the site and had the exciting opportunity to meet the renowned Australian cricketing sensation, Usman Khawaja. 

Silver Jubilee Park
Photo credit: Springfield Rise & Springfield Lakes/Facebook

During the opening day festivities, a wide range of engaging activities and attractions were organised, ensuring a delightful experience for attendees. These included classic games like the Egg and Spoon Race, Tug of War, Circus Games, Sack Races, Chess, Jenga, Giant Parachute, and Stilts, offering fun and friendly competition for all ages.

Collaborating with the Ipswich City Council, the event featured lawn games, further enriching the entertainment options available to the attendees.

Silver Jubilee Park
Photo credit: Springfield Rise & Springfield Lakes/Facebook

The park’s design, rendered by Vee Design, aims to facilitate a multitude of activities, making it a perfect destination for individuals of all interests. By providing designated spaces for various recreational pursuits, games, sports, socialising, and relaxation, the park encourages visitors to continually return and discover new ways to enjoy the space. 

Vee Design has taken great care to ensure that the overall park design harmonises with the natural environment of Spring Mountain whilst also embracing its connection to nearby urban centres.

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Silver Jubilee Park is located at Russell Luhrs Way in Springfield Rise, Spring Mountain.

Published 3-May-2023

Springfield Rise to Bring More Than Just New Homes to Springfield Lakes

Located next to the booming suburb of Springfield Lakes is Springfield Rise, a $1.9 billion 4,000–home estate that is expected to welcome more than 12,000 residents and 10 new schools. The 415-hectare community will come complete with a new primary school; 15 hectares of open space; 15 neighbourhood parks; three stunning lakes; bushland reserves; walking, hiking, and cycling trails; and a few of the biggest sporting fields in the district.

Springfield Rise is located next to Springfield Lakes, and between Springfield Central and the White Rock Spring Mountain Conservation Reserve. In the years to come, 30,000 more people are expected to reside in this community.

Wide, Open Sports Fields

For a decade now, Springfield has been longing for more areas where people can do sports. The $22 million Southern Sporting Fields project in Springfield Rise has finally answered the residents’ prayers. The new sports precinct reportedly includes “four new rectangular fields, or two ovals, 16 netball courts and clubhouses.” Moreover, four rectangular fields and eight tennis courts are expected to be added near Sinnathamby Boulevard by 2018.

“This will be the home of Springfield sport and cater for all sports … ages and genders,” said Councillor Sheila Ireland. She explained that Springfield is a growing suburb with so many youths and seniors. More sports fields would thus help everyone’s longing for an active and healthy lifestyle.

David Morrison, chairman of the Ipswich City Council’s Parks, Sport and Recreation Committee, spearheaded the welcoming of the sporting fields late last year. According to him, “sporting clubs in the area were crying out for more facilities.” Earlier this year, Mr Morrison also explained how the city has always wanted to improve their sport and recreation facilities “that will attract State and National Competitions.”

“This (Springfield Rise) will be one of the city’s premiere sporting precincts which will attract local, regional, state and also national championships to the city,” he said. Mr Morrison, with his “passion for a fit and healthy Ipswich,” hopes that the community’s big sporting fields will motivate residents to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

All About Accessibility

According to Mr Matthew Mears, managing director of Lendlease’s Communities, Springfield Rise residents have easy access to various significant establishments like “schools and the expanding Orion Springfield Central.” Also, a mere walk or cycle away from anyone’s home in the community would be the local village shopping centre, three existing neighbourhood centres, cafes, restaurants, and cinemas. Other places like the Orion Lagoon, Robelle Domain Parklands, childcare centres, the University of Southern Queensland, and TAFE are likewise conveniently accessible.

Additionally, there is the nearby Health City, which is a 52-hectare medical and wellness site that proudly includes the 1,200-bed Mater Private Hospital.

Mr Mears explains that nowadays, people are “…opting for a social lifestyle that’s about convenience – living close to shops and cafes with everything they need within reach.”

Photo Credit: Artist’s Impression from Lendleases’s Springfield Rise project brochure