PART of the Ipswich City Council depot at 54 Thorn Street, which is on Queensland Government land and currently leased to Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) will became vacant in the second half of this year when QUU vacates the site.

The 2.04 hectare parcel of land is shared with the Ipswich SES and adjacent to the Queensland Ambulance Service facility on the corner of Thorn and Garden Streets.

With QUU leaving, approximately one hectare will become available for alternative uses.

City Management, Finance and Community Engagement Committee chairperson Deputy Mayor Wayne Wendt said options were being considered for future use of the site.

“Following QUU’s departure from the former Ipswich Water depot, a large demountable building, a large workshop and several smaller sheds will remain on site.

“Options being considered include an extension of the SES depot and the repurposing of existing buildings.

“A detailed assessment will be undertaken and presented to a future council meeting for consideration later this year.

“While this report is being compiled, confirmation will be sought from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy about any secondary use proposed on the trust land,” Cr Wendt said.

Council became trustee for the site in July 1979 which was reconfigured in 2008 to allow for the establishment of the adjoining Queensland Ambulance Service depot.