Springfield also known as the Greater Springfield Development is a 28.50 square kilometre residential development located between the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich in South East Queensland. Springfield was specifically designed and located to reduce population growth along the coastal strip from the Sunshine Coast down to the Gold Coast.
The Springfield College has a campus on Springfield College Drive, with a second campus (Middle & Senior) on the Springfield – Greenbank Arterial (construction to start in late 2006).
The University of Southern Queensland has a campus in Springfield. Classes began in February 2006. The Bremer Institute of TAFE also has a campus in Springfield.
According to the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program the Darra to Springfield railway line is expected to start construction in 2006 and be complete by 2015. The Centenary Highway linking Springfield to the M2 Ipswich Motorway, M6 Logan Motorway is to be duplicated as part of the Rail project. The M5 Centenary Motorway will eventually link to the Cunningham Highway south of Ipswich. The plan also recognises the area as “a Principal Activity Centre, a Transit orientated development, a knowledge hub and a health care hub”.
The first stage of Springfield’s largest shopping centre, Orion Springfield, has been open since March 15th. Major tenants include Woolworths and Big W. Future stages include Cinemas, and a Bulky Retail Centre.