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SIX new sub­urbs are on the ta­ble for Lo­gan City as an ex­pected in­flux of res­i­dents looks set to splin­ter semiru­ral Jim­boomba into new ur­ban and res­i­den­tial cen­tres.

Flag­stone is at the cen­tre of all the ac­tiv­ity, with jointven­ture part­ners Peet Limited and MTAA Su­per this week an­nounc­ing sub­di­vi­sion ap­proval en­com­pass­ing 714 res­i­den­tial blocks and three com­mer­cial lots.

It is the first stage of a mas­ter­planned area that, by 2045, will have 12,000 res­i­den­tial dwellings, a 100ha town cen­tre and be home to more than 30,000 peo­ple.

Ear­lier this year, a bound­ary change to Yarra­bilba cre­ated Kairabah, Lo­gan’s 64th sub­urb.

New sub­urbs are also pro­posed for the Greater Flag­stone area – one of only four large-scale Fu­ture City Pri­or­ity Devel­op­ment Ar­eas in southeast Queens­land.

Two of the six pro­posed sub­urbs – Flag­stone and Sil­ver­bark Ridge – take in the Peet/MTAA devel­op­ment.

The Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines is yet to hold public con­sul­ta­tion on the sub­urb pro­posal.

The Peet/MTAA Flag­stone land­hold­ings span both sides of the Bris­bane-Syd­ney rail line, and con­struc­tion on a tem­po­rary bridge next month will al­low the public to view the west­ern side for the first time.

The main busi­ness dis­trict is 16ha on the eastern side of the train line, and 110ha on the west­ern side, with po­ten­tial for build­ings up to 12 storeys.

Peet Limited chief ex­ec­u­tive Bren­dan Gore said the sub­di­vi­sion ap­proval was a ma­jor mile­stone for the project, and pre­lim­i­nary con­struc­tion work was ex­pected to start in the June 2015 quar­ter.

Work is con­tin­u­ing on sub­di­vi­sion ap­provals for the bal­ance of the Flag­stone land, with the next phase of more than 1200 lots ex­pected to be ap­proved by the end of 2015.

“Flag­stone is a big project, and big projects take time to be fully re­alised,” Mr Gore said.

“Over the past four years we have been pre­par­ing, ex­plor­ing, en­gag­ing and be­com­ing part of the com­mu­nity to en­sure we re­ally un­der­stand the as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple who will make Flag­stone home.

“It is very re­ward­ing to see how far we have come and to be on the brink of break­ing ground.”

The first home­sites are due to be avail­able for pur­chase by Septem­ber.

Peet has al­ready seen suc­cess with its first vil­lage, Flag­stone Rise – on the eastern side of the new devel­op­ment – close to sell­out. Home to 4000 res­i­dents, plus shops and schools, Flag­stone Rise’s fi­nal lots are ex­pected to be sold by the end of the year.

Lo­gan City Coun­cil plan­ning and devel­op­ment com­mit­tee chair­woman Coun­cil­lor Cherie Dal­ley said Lo­gan’s pop­u­la­tion was fore­cast to reach up to 500,000 in the next 15 to 20 years, and much of that growth would be in ar­eas such as Flag­stone.

She said jobs cre­ated in the com­mer­cial cen­tre would be vi­tal to the fu­ture of the re­gion.

MA­JOR MILE­STONE:MILEST Sub­di­vi­sion ap­proval has paved the way for fur­ther de­vel­o­ment at Flag­stone.

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