ANOTHER piece in the jigsaw has fallen into place at the burgeoning $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre as a major medical healthcare provider has announced it will take up a tenancy.
The announcement that The Quay Family Healthcare has been locked in for a 1,740sqm tenancy has been warmly welcomed.
Sekisui House Australia CEO and managing director Toru Abe said the medical centre would provide Ripley Valley residents with many essential health services all under the one roof.
"This is a major tenant for the Ripley Town Centre not only in terms of its size but also because of its importance to the surrounding community,” Mr Abe said.
"It will put a comprehensive medical precinct within easy reach of residents who will benefit from the range of health services available as well as its convenient location within the Ripley Town Centre precinct.
"We are thrilled to have such an experienced medical provider on board to service the everyday medical needs of the entire Ripley Valley population, which is expected to grow to 120,000 over the next 20 years.”
The Ripley Town Centre will now offer a full suite of health services to the Ripley Valley's growing population after locking in a major medical operator.
The Quay Family Healthcare practice manager Nazmi Msamih said the group's vision has always been to extend its reach regionally within NSW and QLD.
"We focus on newly developing areas in hope of increasing accessibility of quality healthcare to all Australians,” Mr Msamih said.
"We see a great future for health clinics within Queensland due to growth in migration.
"People are willing to settle in areas with an abundance of job opportunities, which is something that new developments offer.
"Elderly demographics also look to invest and retire in 'quiet' regions, therefore the need for amenities such as health would be a major point of concern.”
The Victoria-based healthcare provider's medical centre will be housed within the $40 million first stage of the Ripley Town Centre, due to open March 2018.
Medical services will include general practitioners, specialists, pathology, radiology, optometry, dental care, podiatry and other allied health.
It will be the 25th medical centre for the group and its second in Queensland.
The Quay Family Healthcare's Ripley Medical Precinct will be one of the company's largest medical precincts so far.
Division 3 Councillor Kerry Silver said she was delighted to see the community continuing to thrive with the news of a major health operator coming to Ripley Town Centre.
"The news that The Quay Family Healthcare will operate this health facility is yet another step towards Ecco Ripley becoming a complete community by offering its residents a diverse array of services, facilities and opportunities,” Cr Silver said.
"With so many people forecast to live at Ecco Ripley and in the wider Ripley Valley, it's vital that the Ripley Town Centre establishes itself as the region's hub, and it is wonderful and reassuring to see that process unfolding.”
Ripley Town Centre is seen as a major driver of growth for the region as more tenants are secured, with the medical centre set to provide residents greater access to excellent medical services.