Construction to begin at Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve

The restoration of one of Ipswich’s most popular public spaces will start soon after Ipswich City Council recently signed a contract with Epoca Constructions to revitalise Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve.

Colleges Crossing was significantly damaged in the 2022 flood events, and since then council has been working with the community to create a vision for what a more resilient and robust space looks like as we know it flood again in the future.

More than 600 residents told us they supported a simpler, back-to-nature design for the reserve which allowed council to proceed with engaging a suitable contractor to begin work on the restoration.

Engaging with residents on their vision for Colleges Crossing has added time to reconstruction however the community will have a more resilient parkland that will cost residents less money.

Epoca Construction has now been selected and contracted to bring Colleges Crossing back to its best, for all of our residents to enjoy well into the future.

The scope of works for this contract includes the demolition and removal of the existing damaged infrastructure, and the installation of new amenities including picnic areas and shelters, toilets, and playground facilities.

Residents and visitors will start seeing workers on-site at Colleges Crossing in the coming weeks.

Council will keep the community advised of any closures or changes to access to Colleges Crossing during this process.

Subject to weather, it’s anticipated the work for this project will be completed this year, with Colleges Crossing handed back to the community in its new form by late 2024.

Resident seeking more information on Colleges Crossing can visit Shape Your Ipswich.

Ipswich City Council is operating under caretaker provisions in accordance with Chapter 3, Part 5 of the Local Government Act 2009. Media communications by the Mayor and Councillors as ICC spokespeople during this time are limited to ensure compliance with legislation and, equity and transparency between existing Mayor, Councillors and candidates regarding access to Council resources. 

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