The new Nicholas Street Precinct civic plaza, Tulmur Place, will open on Saturday, 28 November sparking the start of a full program of events to run in December.
Ipswich residents will be able to walk all the way down Nicholas Street to the end where the official opening of Tulmur Place will happen overlooking the River Heart Parklands.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the new city centre is one of the most exciting projects in Ipswich’s history and would like to see as many residents as possible come and take a look.
“The new city heart is a once-in-a-generation redevelopment and we are very proud of the results,” Mayor Harding said.
“This council is ensuring we keep step with the rapidly growing population and having a vibrant Ipswich CBD is something we are delivering with each stage that opens with the Nicholas Street Redevelopment.
“We are putting the infrastructure in place and as the reinvigorated CBD reopens it will create new jobs and be an important part of building the economy post COVID-19.”
Heralding the beginning of a new era for the heart of the city, a full day of events are planned for Saturday, 28 November kicking off at 9am with the Handmade Expo Markets lining the plaza.
The official opening of Tulmur Place will take place at 10.30am with a traditional smoking ceremony by Gateebil Gurrnung Aboriginal Corporation’s Yugara Traditional Dancers.
The precinct’s monumental primary art piece, Standing, as well as the Evolve series of Indigenous artworks will be unveiled.
One lucky local child, selected by radio station River 94.9 who will be hosting the event, will win the honour of turning on the spectacular zero depth water play zone, sure to be a popular feature for young Ipswich residents.
Ipswich Central Redevelopment Chair Marnie Doyle said the opening of Tulmur Place is a major milestone of the second stage of the $250 million council project that focuses on bringing the community together in a civic plaza area.
“This area will be the centre piece of the redevelopment for regularly programmed events, small grassroots activities, through to major cultural and music events,” Cr Doyle said.
“Local talent will be able to perform here as well as being a focal point for community celebrations.”
From Sunday 29 November until Sunday 20 December, Tulmur Place will be filled with music, food and fun daily.
The hugely popular Future Flavours Food Fair will be back on Saturday, 5 December, which sees Nicholas Street filled with food trucks.
To learn more about the new Ipswich Central Library, opening on Monday, 7 December, visit www.ipswichlibraries.com.au.
Stage one saw the completion of the new Nicholas Street (between Brisbane Street and Union Place), while stage two includes the new Tulmur Place and Ipswich Central Library.
Stage three, the new Ipswich City Council administration building, children’s library and customer service centre, is expected to open in mid-2021.
Stage four, which will include new dining, entertainment and retail, is set to open in late 2021.