City’s health hub plan

Med­i­cal cen­tre pro­posal would fix a ‘for­got­ten’ street of Ip­swich

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - HAY­DEN JOHN­SON hay­den.john­[email protected]

A MAS­SIVE 24-hour med­i­cal cen­tre has been touted as a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment that will trans­form one of Ip­swich’s “for­got­ten” sites.

An ap­pli­ca­tion has been lodged to build a 3295 sq m med­i­cal cen­tre on a va­cant block at 23 Mill St Goodna.

The one-stop lo­ca­tion would con­sist of eight healthre­lated ten­an­cies in­clud­ing ra­di­ol­ogy, al­lied health, phar­macy and spe­cial­ity health, with ad­di­tional space for a cafe or snack bar and a small of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion, lodged with Ip­swich City Coun­cil, the med­i­cal cen­tre “pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for the con­ve­nience of a range of health-re­lated ser­vices in a sin­gle, highly-ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tion”.

The ap­pli­cant ar­gues the “con­tem­po­rary” cen­tre and its mod­ern fa­cade will “im­prove the gen­eral ap­pear­ance of the area”.

“Op­po­site the site are in­dus­trial build­ings with a very poor stan­dard of con­struc­tion and poor aes­thetic ap­peal,” the ap­pli­ca­tion notes.

“The cur­rent streetscape on the south­ern side of Mill St lacks any strong built form or char­ac­ter be­yond a few drive­way en­trances and ap­pears as a gen­er­ally for­got­ten place.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of the pro­posed cen­tre will add a strong con­tem­po­rary built form el­e­ment to the streetscape and cre­ate a sense of place.”

While the med­i­cal cen­tre bor­ders res­i­dences, the ap­pli­cant ar­gues no ad­verse ef­fect will be felt by home­own­ers.

The lo­ca­tion of the site is within the coun­cil’s des­ig­nated flood zone.

Ten­ants will be lo­cated on the sec­ond level to mit­i­gate most ma­jor floods.

The raised plat­form will be set above the 2011 flood level of 16.5m AHD.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­vel­op­ment per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion, 168 car park­ing spa­ces would be built at ground level.

Goodna was one of the hard­est hit ar­eas in the re­gion when flood­wa­ters peaked on Jan­uary 12, 2011.

More than 600 prop­er­ties in the area were de­stroyed in the flood, the largest num­ber of flood-af­fected prop­er­ties in south­east Queens­land.

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