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Anniversary spotlight shines on Springwood's big 50

Published: 15 October 2018

Anniversary spotlight shines on Springwood's big 50
A home show display of Springwood

It was marketed as the fabulous ‘Go-ahead Springwood’ and a place of relaxation, excitement and fun, where a block of land could be secured for a $25 deposit and a 32 perch (809m2) home site could be bought for just $1200.

Fifty years later Colin Follett remembers the time well, when he was a director and project manager of Intercapital Investments Corp, the company that created the futuristic suburb in the late 1960s.

“The site was originally part of Slacks Creek, in the Albert Shire and was considered prime for development because of its location on the ‘Golden Corridor’ between Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” the now 88-year-old said.

“At $1200 a block for an unsewered site they weren’t considered expensive and there was a high demand from people who wanted to buy a block and build in a few years.

“We also had quite unique deal with a finance company that only required a $25 deposit.”

The deal at the time was so attractive that hundreds of people turned up at the launch to register their interest and the ‘sales event’ drew the attention of every newspaper, TV and radio station in Brisbane.

The sales pitch from Intercapital proved so attractive that the first anniversary was celebrated with helicopter rides and a treasure hunt attracting hundreds.

Mr Follett said the property on which Springwood was based was acquired from around 30 landholders and was mainly small farms.

“The development was done in stages, with sales funding further development,” he said.

Logan City Council City Lifestyle and Community Committee Chairperson, Councillor Steve Swenson, said according to the 2016 Census, Springwood was today home to almost 9200 people.

“Springwood is a significant activity centre in the region, with a major bus station, two hotels, two state primary schools, a state high school, a campus of Calvary Christian College, three shopping malls, ambulance, fire and police stations and many places of worship,” he said.

Most commercial activity in Springwood is centred in the north-west of the suburb along the Pacific Motorway.

An increasing amount of commercial development is also occurring in the south-eastern parts of Springwood.

The remainder of the suburb consists primarily of residential areas.

Cr Swenson said to celebrate Springwood’s 50th anniversary Logan City Council would host a special presentation.

“Local Heritage Specialist Hilda Maclean will discuss Springwood’s interesting history from 10.30am on October 24 at Logan North Library,” he said.

“This will be a great opportunity to hear about how Springwood has grown and developed.”

Anyone interested in attending this session can book by visiting their nearest Logan City Council library or going online to loganlibraries.org/whats-on

Original marketing material showcasing the suburb has been donated to Logan City Council Libraries.

Inspired in part by Springwood’s history, Edith Videns last year authored multi-media perspective Time to Time - East of the Freeway, which is available free through the Apple store.

This digital publication was made possible through the Regional Arts Development Fund which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.