Highfields is pioneering expansion in the region
Families, professionals, retirees and demographics of every kind are making their way to Highfields — in a big way — so why is the area becoming such a hit?
On March 30 the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that Highfields is the second fastest growth area in Queensland, behind the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads regions.
Development company Lauder managing director, director of The Avenues of Highfields and TSBE board member Mac Stirling believes there are a number of reasons Highfields is leading the way in population growth.
“Highfields, unlike many other areas, has its own identity and people are proud to call Highfields home, but more than this they find that by living there they are surrounded by likeminded people,” Mac says.
“The location of Highfields on the Toowoomba Range escarpment area with rich red soils lends itself to housing development and access to essential services such as shopping centres, schools and recreation opportunities.
“Importantly, the 12-minute drive north from Toowoomba city to get home to Highfields, is a pleasant ‘switch-off’ for people who work in Toowoomba and who call Highfields home.”
There are approved developments within the Highfields area across both the commercial and residential sectors including childcare centres, shopping centre expansions, Toowoomba Regional Councils’ Highfields Sports Park redevelopment project and the expansion of Borneo Barracks at Cabarlah.
While Highfields has seen a substantial 2.5 per cent increase of residents, representing a a total of 12,817 people coming to the area in the 2015 and 2016 years alone, families, professional couples and retirees are definitely ear-marking the area as a lifestyle alternative to suburban living.
Local couple Maxine and Tony Thornton have purchased part of the stage one development at The Avenues of Highfields, and are very happy with their decision.
“Our original plan was to buy an investment property, and one day Tony said to me, ‘let’s look at a GJ’S display house’,” Maxine says.
“We walked in and were greeted by a friendly lady who was
Highfields is its own community and very self-sufficient — we are very excited about moving to the Avenues. — MAXINE THORNTON, BUYER AT THE AVENUES OF HIGHFIELDS
There is no doubt that Highfields has been and will continue to be the engine room for population growth in the Toowoomba region. — MAC STIRLING, LAUDER MANAGING DIRECTOR
more than happy to help — we asked about land and there was land at Torrington which is close to Glenvale where we live currently or Highfields.
“I was leaning towards Torrington but after looking at the land we decided on Highfields and after further discussion with Rosie [GJ staff] Highfields would be a better return on our money as this will be our last house as I have just turned 50 and Tony will be 50 later in the year.”
Tony works for JJ Richards and Sons and has done for the past 16 years.
Maxine has been the manager at Meals on Wheels in Toowoomba for 15 years.
“Highfields is its own community and very self-sufficient — we are very excited about moving to the Avenues — it will be a great place to live,” Maxine says.
Similarly, Mac Stirling has seen the region develop over the years from when his family property development company, Lauder first purchased 38 acres of pasture land at Highfields in 1996.
They later developed that to become Highfields Village Residential Estate and Highfields Village Shopping Centre.
At that time, the population of Highfields was less than 6000 people.
“The population is now close to 15,000 in Highfields and the surrounding area and is projected to be 20,000 by 2025,” Mac says.
Once the residential and shopping centre projects were underway at the town centre, Lauder worked closely with the Crowns Nest Shire and education providers to encourage the development of education opportunities for the growing young population of Highfields.
This saw existing schools expand and eventually the provision of a new high school with Highfields Secondary College located adjacent to the town centre.
“In addition, opportunities for retirees have continued to develop with Brownsholme [retirement community] expanding and more recently new providers in the retired living sector entering the market.
“New residential subdivisions such as The Avenues of Highfields are offering a range of lot sizes to not only meet public demand but to comply with the Toowoomba Regional Council Town Plan for an aspirational target of 12 to 14 dwelling units per hectare.
Mac believes Highfields has a bright future in a variety of different areas.
“There is no doubt that Highfields has been and will continue to be the engine room for population growth in the Toowoomba region,” Mac says.
The Avenues of Highfields will welcome some 1650 residents upon completion of its 10 stages, representing over 180 full-time employee opportunities. The development also offers a $35 million economic injection. “In fact, it is our opinion that the Second Range Crossing will see the whole focus of Toowoomba move north towards Highfields,” Mac comments.
With the Second Range Crossing being developed, Highfields will be very conveniently located for close access to Brisbane and the Wellcamp Airport.
The Highfields region is booming with development.
TOP: The Highfields Village Shopping Centre has been a development that offers the area access to a wide variety of excellent retailers.
BOTTOM: The Highfields Sports Park is an excellent asset to the region.