IDEAL LOCATION: Megan and Mitchell Penningh are building a new home in Augustine Heights.
IDEAL LOCATION: Megan and Mitchell Penningh are building a new home in Augustine Heights. Claudia Baxter

Greater Springfield a haven for white-collar workers

GREATER Springfield has become a hub for white-collar workers looking for work opportunities and ease of access to services.

A report by property consultants Urbis reveals 70% of the population at Greater Springfield is made up of managers, professionals, sales, clerical and administrative workers.

The QT spoke to Megan Penningh, a white-collar worker who lives in Springfield with husband Mitchell.

The couple is building a new home in Augustine Heights and Ms Penningh said the area had plenty going for it.

"It has got good transport, being close to the highway, which really suited us," she said.

"I work two minutes away in Springfield but my husband works 40 minutes away and he can jump straight on the Centenary Hwy.

"It has also got really good educational facilities and the suburb looks like it is going to start booming.

"There has just been a big new Woolworths shopping centre put in ... and I think there are a lot of employment opportunities here, although I am not considering moving (jobs).

"Prices for homes will only go up from here so it is good to get in early.

"We don't have plans for children at the moment, but when that does come about it is going to be a great area for that."

Urbis director Matthew Miller said white-collar workers were most likely to live where there was easy access to good infrastructure and technology.

"Greater Springfield, for example, has a lot of job-creation projects under way, the NBN is being rolled out and a new train line will provide a quick, easy link to Brisbane later this year," Mr Miller said.

Springfield Land Corporation managing director Raynuha Sinnathamby said the city's new medical, education and business precincts were building white collar job opportunities.

"The new Mater Health Centre at Brookwater has enticed an impressive range of medical professionals to call Greater Springfield home," Ms Sinnathamby said.

Ms Sinnathamby said Greater Springfield was well on its way to creating 30,000 jobs by 2030.


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