Springfield – ‘Orion Lagoon’ OPEN!

Amber-Lee, Cameron and Dylan all from Redbank Plains, finished school and checked out the lagoon…giving it a big thumbs up

The new ‘Orion Lagoon’ in Springfield is now open, and is set to be the number one destination for Ipswich residents over the Summer months.

No longer will families have to drive to South Bank to enjoy a great day out, with the location right next to shops and the soon to open Event Cinemas.

The ‘Orion Lagoon’ was officially opened and named in a landmark agreement between Ipswich City Council and Mirvac, owner of Orion Springfield Central.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed the sponsorship agreement as a vote of confidence in the future of the city.

“Orion Lagoon is equal in size to the famed beach at South Bank and one of the largest outdoor recreation facilities of its kind anywhere in Australia,” he said.

“This is a huge achievement for the city and is expected to bring 100,000 visitors to Ipswich each year which will provide a tremendous boost for local businesses.

“With the inclusion of a café, barbecue facilities, enhanced lighting and outdoor furniture, local and visiting families can come down and enjoy a splash in the lagoon with the kids or meet friends for lunch all within easy access to Orion Town Centre and the Springfield Central train station.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Orion Lagoon and I want to thank Mirvac for their on-going support,” Cr Pisasale said.

“We’ve got good players here, this is not just about profit, its about being involved in the community and you don’t find too many retailers like Mirvac. When you support their centres they give back. It’s good retailing.”

Mirvac Group Executive, Retail, Susan MacDonald said the Lagoon, combined with Orion Springfield Central’s soon to be completed Event Cinema complex and Town Square dining precinct, will create a genuine leisure destination.

“We are developing Orion Springfield Central as a lifestyle precinct – it will be the heart of the community focused on offering an experience that is much more than shopping” Ms MacDonald said.

“We’ve been working alongside council for a few years and this is all part of that vision. We’ve all said at Mirvac that when the cinemas open we’ll bring our togs with us for the grand opening!”

Mirvac is creating a pedestrian link from the Lagoon to Orion’s dining and cinema precinct that is due to open in November 2015.

The $154 million Stage 2 expansion will be completed in March 2016 and will see Orion Springfield Central become the ninth largest shopping centre in Queensland.

“We have lots of lifeguards and fencing here” added Mayor Pisasale. “But I urge all parents to watch your kids here. I pushed Paul Tully in the water on behalf of the people of Ipswich, and he’s a good sport…but don’t be like the Mayor….never push people in the pool! Be ‘MayorSmart’.”