|Population||6,618 (2011 census)|
|Location||26 km (16 mi) from Brisbane GPO|
|LGA(s)||City of Ipswich|
Springfield, also known as the Greater Springfield Development, is a 28.50 square kilometre master planned community incorporating several suburb located in South East Queensland, Australia. Springfield is a satellite city that was specifically designed and located to reduce population growth along the coastal strip from the Sunshine Coast down to the Gold Coast. It is also the name of the first suburb developed in the master plan. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb of Springfield recorded a population of 6,618.
In 2009, the Greater Springfield area had a population of 18,100, with a projected 80,000 people by 2030. The master-planned community is attracting up to 20 new households each week. Funding for some infrastructure, land releases and other community development in Springfield is coordinated by the Springfield Land Corporation. The developers claim that one third of the development area has been designated as open space and conservation areas. The 2860 hectares of land was originally purchased for A$7.9 million in 1992 by Maha Sinnathamby. The masterplan was designed by Strategic Directions.
The Springfield College has a campus on Springfield College Drive, with a second campus (Middle & Senior) on the Springfield - Greenbank Arterial road. 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.
The first stage of Springfield's largest shopping centre, Orion Springfield, has been open since 15 March 2007. Major tenants include Woolworths and Big W. 600,000 square metres of land has been set aside for commercial space, which is called the Parkside business precinct. The precinct already contains a 10-storey tower which cost $60 million to build.
In late 2011, a Masters Home Improvement store opened next to the Orion centre and was one of the first Masters Home Improvement stores in Queensland on opening. The Polaris datacentre was built at Springfield, opened in 2009 and was soon filled to capacity. The datacentre cost $220 million to construct and was designed by Strategic Directions.
Springfield is connected to Brisbane CBD by the Centenary Motorway and the Springfield railway line, a branch of the Ipswich railway line that starts at Darra station, will extend to Springfield by 2013.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Springfield (Statistical Area 2)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- Tony Moore (11 June 2009). "One rail line or two to Springfield?". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
- "Greater Springfield aims to be bigger business than Sydney". news.com.au. News Limited. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
- Marissa Calligeros (17 September 2009). "'Religious precinct' saves Springfield's soul". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
- Suzanne Tindal (17 October 2010). "Installing Polaris datacentre generators: Photos". ZDnet Australia (CBS Interactive). Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- "High hopes at tower opening". The Queensland Times. APN News & Media. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
- Brad Weier (7 June 2010). "Springfield railway 2 years early". The Queensland Times. Retrieved 10 March 2011.