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First look at new resource recovery centre and animal management facility

Here is your first chance to look at concept designs for the new Southern Resource Recovery Centre and Animal Management Facility, set to bring improved benefits to Ipswich’s fastest growing suburbs.

The Southern Resource Recovery Centre and Animal Management Facility will be located at 831 Redbank Plains Road, Redbank Plains, and we are asking the community to give their feedback on the proposed design.

Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said council has launched a Shape Your Ipswich page which includes a concept design, digital flyover and other relevant details about the Southern site.

“We want to hear from the community and find out what is important to them when they visit the new Resource Recovery Centre and Animal Management Facility,” Mayor Harding said.

“Perhaps you have an idea on what would make these facilities even better?

“This essential development marks a leap forward in waste management and animal welfare services for Ipswich, addressing critical concerns on over-capacity issue at Riverview and the flood-prone pound at West Ipswich.

“Additional benefits to the community have been included in the design including a tip shop to boost our circular economy and keep waste out of landfill as well as an education centre.”

This centre will play a critical role in expanding resource recovery services for this rapidly growing area of the city, situated to address community’s concerns regarding wait times and travel distances.

Mayor Harding said the design – which you can view here through the digital flyover – envisages a dynamic layout that optimises the waste management experience.

“The Resource Recovery Centre will incorporate cutting-edge technology and efficient workflows to reduce wait times, enabling customers to dispose of waste responsibly and promptly,” Mayor Harding said.

“Additionally, we are exploring innovative initiatives such as resident subsidy schemes, including the potential introduction of tip vouchers, to enhance the resource recovery experience and foster a sense of community involvement.”

Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Deputy Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said by recognising the increasing importance of sustainable waste management and animal welfare, the co-located facilities symbolise council’s commitment to holistic urban development.

“We are dedicated to ensuring that Ipswich remains a pioneer in providing services that enhance the quality of life for our residents. This concept design embodies that commitment by merging efficiency, accessibility, and community engagement,” Cr Tully said.

“The Animal Management Facility component of the project underlines our pledge to responsible animal care. It will cater to the needs of our beloved pets while implementing practices that reflect the city’s compassion and dedication to animal welfare.

“The new facility will foster the humane treatment of animals and streamline services like licensing, adoptions, and lost pet reunification, all under one roof.”

Division 1 Councillor Sheila Ireland said it was a proactive approach to future challenges.

“The growth in the southern and eastern parts of Ipswich is substantial, and providing these services maximises efficiency and to deliver effective services to the community,” Cr Ireland said.

“By bringing these services together, we are also minimising our carbon footprint, considering the effective use of resources and promoting sustainable practices, ultimately contributing to a healthier environment for future generations.”

The community consultation is open now, visit to view the current proposed design and provide feedback to council.

Community input is vital in the development of a final detailed design that will bring the feature and services residents want to access in a location that is convenient for more members of the community.

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