Ipswich City Council has voiced the community’s ideas regarding the Ipswich Transit Centre ahead of a State Government decision on its future.
The State Government-owned centre – adjacent to the council’s $246 million Nicholas Street Precinct redevelopment – sustained significant damage in the 2011 floods.
The government has been considering disposal options, including putting it up for sale on the open market.
Mayor Teresa Harding said the centre’s future was an ongoing matter of interest to the Ipswich community.
“Council is committed to working closely with the State Government and ensuring renewal of the Ipswich Transit Centre is a priority,” she said.
“Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard and I are continuing our discussions to ensure future plans for the transit centre achieve a positive outcome for the community.
“We have heard a lot of good ideas from residents ranging from filling it in and making a garden, transforming it into a creative precinct or a veterans’ recovery centre – or even rehabilitating the site to be a transit centre again.”
In late 2020, Mayor Harding, then Deputy Mayor Marnie Doyle and Councillor Andrew Fechner met on site with Ms Howard to discuss its future.
The Mayor confirmed that council officers had also separately met with officers from the Department of Transport and Main Roads on site to discuss options.
The transit centre site has been listed as surplus on the Government Land Register by the department. Other government departments had the option to claim the property for use, but that period had now expired.