House of the People

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Ripley’s ‘House of the People’ is open – providing Ipswich residents with a space that promotes health, wellbeing, interaction and creativity.

Ripley Town Centre’s community hub, Minka Place marks a significant milestone for the Ripley community and further strengthening the infrastructure and economic capability of one of south-east Queensland’s fastest growing regions.

The shared community facility is a joint project from Sekisui House, Ipswich City Council and Economic Development Queensland, ensuring Ripley Town Centre remains the core of the entire Ripley region, which is projected to be home to more than 130,000 new residents by 2036.

State Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard MP will officially open Minka Place and said the project will provide a space for the community that will encourage a strong connection among all age groups and abilities.

“Minka Place will cater to the varying and growing needs of the local community, and further galvanise the Ripley region’s position as a booming part of south-east Queensland,” she said.

“It will provide an excellent space for locals and promote a sense of inclusiveness in the community by providing a venue and activities for everyone, from school-aged children to our seniors and local community groups.”

Sekisui House CEO and Managing Director, Toru Abe described the opening of Minka Place as a significant milestone in providing necessary social infrastructure to the Ripley community.

“Early delivery of key community infrastructure and ‘place-making’ are significant driving forces in developing a strong and connected community in the Ripley region. Minka Place is testament to this and an important milestone for the community and Ripley Town Centre.

“Minka Place will provide 200 square metres of open space with the inclusion of a kitchenette, flexible office spaces and greenspace, offering a range of activities from playgroups and workshops to fitness classes and social gatherings — a true multifaceted, shared community space,” Mr Abe said.

“The building itself utilises the former Ecco Ripley sales office, reinforcing our commitment to sustainable practices throughout the community,” he said.

The open day, held February 16th saw members of the community participate in a range of free activities, including a jumping castle, giant outdoor games, entertainment, ice-cream and face painting.

Have an event that you would love to host at Minka Place?

You can book a space or the entire facility for a community event, participate in a class, attend a seminar, bring the kids to playgroup or just come along and meet new people.

Their spaces range from small well-equipped conference and meeting rooms to larger indoor and outdoor areas suitable for community activities and classes.

If you’d like to know more please contact community@ripleytowncentre.com.au. For information about Minka Place, including upcoming events visit www.ripleytowncentre.com.au.

Image Courtesy of Ripley Town Centre.