As well as undeniable charm born of stunning landscapes and picturesque views, the Ripley Valley is shaped by a rich history filled with fascinating stories of people and place.
European settlement dates back to 1829, 30 years before Queensland was declared a State, with stockmen running herds of cattle. Early settlers to the Valley included squatters, convicts and free settlers predominantly from Ireland and England.
Back in those early times the pioneering farming families had a strong sense of community. It was a productive society invigorated by the spirit of hard working citizens who shaped their lives on the land. However as time marched on and the Australian colony industrialised, much of this spirit was lost; the school closed and people moved on.
Providence is committed to recapturing the essence of a thriving community and true neighbourhood values. As residents of Providence, you are the next chapter in the story of the Ripley Valley.
Providence brings the spirit of the past into the present by honouring the pioneers and their enduring legacy of “community”. The James Ivory Bridge, prestigious neighbourhood of McGuire’s and interpretive signage along discover trails are some examples of how Providence is bringing history to life
Providence – the heart and soul of the Valley.