Queensland has furthered its push to be Australia’s technological hub with the announcement that CSIRO’s Data61 division will open a new facility in Brisbane to conduct world-leading research into robotics and autonomous systems.
A new purpose-built Robotics Innovation Centre to be located at Pullenvale will be an important step towards establishing a formal robotics cluster in Brisbane to take advantage of the enormous potential of a rapidly growing industry anticipated to be worth $23 billion globally by 2025.
Data61 chief executive Adrian Turner described the new centre as a national asset, with the potential to provide a unique collaborative opportunity between industry, government and academia.
“Robotics and autonomous systems technologies, underpinned by machine learning and artificial intelligence, will unlock new value in all manner of sectors including manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare and mining,” Turner said.
“World-class facilities like the Robotics Innovation Centre, will ensure Australia is well placed to benefit from Industry 4.0 and help to protect and accelerate our nation’s ongoing economic success.”
The new 600sq m facility will be used to further pursue research that is already under way with autonomous robotics systems to interact safely and seamlessly with humans in various situations.
Researchers will strive to develop new approaches to rapidly map, navigate and search underground environments using legged robots and autonomous drone technology, funded by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The facility will also feature the largest motion capture system in the southern hemisphere, to be used to validate data captured by robotics systems in the field.
Additionally, there will be a swimming pool for testing aquatic robots, numerous unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, legged robots, high-accuracy robot manipulators, as well as sensors and telemetry systems.
Data61 already has robotics engineers based in Brisbane working closely with experts at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, which is based at the Queensland University of Technology.
The division is currently partnered to organisations including Boeing, Woodside, QUT and the University of Queensland within the robotics space.
The robotics industry has drawn increasing interest from professionals in the built environment with researchers estimating that artificial intelligence in construction will balloon from $500 million in 2018 to $2.41 billion by 2023.
Late last year, the Queensland government unveiled plans to build an artificial intelligence hub in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
The new training hub, dubbed The Precinct, will aim to help fill the skills gap created by the surging artificial intelligence sector.
The Queensland government also made a $50 million investment to ensure the Australia Defence Force would establish an autonomy research centre, the first of its kind in the country, in Brisbane.
Brisbane also played host to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in May of last year, further cementing its place at the forefront of Australian robotics and artificial intelligence research.
Gold Coast $1.2 Billion Spirit Tower Soars to New Heights
Chinese-backed developer Forise Holdings said the 89-storey residential apartment tower, offering 479 residential dwellings, will create a new landmark for the city.
The project of mass proportions will include an unprecedented 2700sq m of residential facilities, a 1800sq m four-bedroom penthouse said to cost $38.8 million, rooftop facilities and include three levels of ground floor retail.
About $44 million will be put toward underground works alone, with the development estimated to provide 945 jobs a year during the initial construction phase in what is considered one of the nation’s most complex projects.
Forise marketing manager Jason Xiao said the development “is all systems go”.
“We have completed a major civils program to establish the foundations of Spirit and we are looking forward to delivering an iconic, globally recognised apartment tower of distinction to Australia’s premiere beachfront address,” Xiao said.
Ultra-luxury projects are all the rage on the Gold Coast, with Yuhu Group’s $1.1 billion beachfront “Jewel” towers and plans for an “ultra-high-end” Broadbeach tower, with 46 whole-floor apartments, lodged to council last month.
The scale and value of the Forise development is significant in comparable terms to existing and proposed developments, according to research arranged by the developer.
In a detailed assessment of the project, MacroPlan Dimasi estimates the combined economic benefit to the region will be $1.84 billion over the next six years, with ongoing benefits such as tourism expenditure, dining, retail shopping, tours and activities.
“Visitors onsite will typically be wealthy and generate a much higher than average daily expenditure profile,” the report said.
The project, which targets international, local and interstate investors and downsizers, is being marketed by Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s Julian Sutherland.
“Projects such as these profoundly demonstrate that the Gold Coast has arrived as a world leading tourism and lifestyle destination in the midst of some $30 billion in public and private development,” he said.
The rooftop level will offer access to panoramic views of the 52 kilometres of coastline, with butlers available to individual apartments upon request.
Forise anticipates the project’s launch to market next month.
400 new Ipswich businesses register in one month
NEW statistics released by the Ipswich City Council has revealed more than 400 new businesses registered within one month.
In January there were 415 new businesses in Ipswich.
About 21 per cent of all registered Ipswich businesses are in the construction industry.
Manufacturing, at 15 per cent, is the largest employer of residents followed by healthcare, 13 per cent and retail 12 per cent.
The defence industry is the region’s second-largest export industry, worth $600 million, to Ipswich.
Planning, Development and Heritage chair Councillor David Morrison said the statistics showed Ipswich was living in an exciting and prosperous time.
“Residential growth coupled with business growth is very healthy signs for a city,” he said.
“Ipswich City has many frontiers of growth and this growth brings many challenges.”
Cr Morrison said the region needed a collaborative approach to dealing with the challenges.
“Council is doing its best in keeping up with its infrastructure delivery responsibilities and I call on both the state and federal governments to help with vital infrastructure,” he said.
“I would love the State Government to announce a time frame on the much-needed delivery of rail from Springfield Central to Redbank Plains and Ripley and I support the call for the Federal Government to fund an interchange between the Cunningham Highway and Ipswich Rosewood Rd.
“I also encourage residents to take time and explore the conservation reserves that council has purchased for this and future generations.”
Ipswich Business Enterprise Centre general manager Michael Crowley said there was an increasing level of business confidence in the city.
“I have seen businesses we’ve helped in previous years are now really starting to build,” he said.
“People who have been in business for a few years are experiencing an upswing.
“It is very encouraging to see people hiring extra staff, taking on apprentices or moving into a larger premises.”
Mr Crowley’s part-time involvement in the enterprise centre has kept growth stable.
“For us, there hasn’t been a great deal of change,” he said.
“The people who are coming to me are still very much the micro-business or small business trying to get started.”
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Three companies expanding, 430 jobs available
BURGERS are in abundance, overseas companies are moving in and a mini international business influx is bringing up to 430 jobs to Ipswich in the coming months.
A second Carl’s Jr Burger is opening at West Ipswich in June with 80 jobs available, another McDonalds is opening in Springfield Lakes in June with 70 roles and Costco will need 280 people when it opens by Christmas.
Carl’s Jr Burger
AMERICAN fast food giant Carl’s Jr Burger has plans to expand their restaurant footprint even further in Ipswich.
A third restaurant is marked for a suburb outside the CBD as the company behind Carls’ Jr Burger in Australia, Bansal Group, prepare to open the second restaurant in the coming months.
The Bansal Group has been tight-lipped on the exact location but when it opens,more than 100 staff will be needed to operate the store.
That’s on top of the 100 needed for the West Ipswich site, expected to open in June following the US burger giant’s successful debut at Redbank Plains.
Applications are open now for the West Ipswich store but those interested could also be considered for the third store.
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Bansal Group general manager Shawn Kerr said there was ‘always potential in Ipswich’.
He said it would take some time for details to be confirmed with the latest in the string of restaurants expected to enter the market in a couple of years.
Mr Kerr said the third site would not be in the Ipswich CBD but in a suburb.
Carl’s Jr Burger is famous in the US for their ‘big juicy American burgers’.
SEVENTY hard-working and punctual people will be sought to serve the fries and wipe the tables at McDonald’s latest store.
The Ipswich City Council this week facilitated construction of the fourth McDonald’s store in the Greater Springfield area.
The three existing franchises at Augustine Heights, Orion Springfield and Springfield Lakes, and the newest store on Parkway Drive, are owned by Lisa Mackintosh.
Construction on the future restaurant is expected to begin in June or July and finish by November.
Ms Mackintosh said she would soon be looking to hire 70 people above 14 years and nine months old.
They will be a mix of casual, part-time and full-time roles.
“Once we start building I’ll put some mesh up saying, ‘hiring now’,” she said.
IPSWICH residents will likely be shopping at the state’s newest Costco by Christmas.
Costco has revealed details for its Bundamba warehouse including plans to open before the end of 2018.
The massive site, opposite the Puma travel centre, will cover 13,750 sq m – the equivalent of two football fields – and create 280 permanent jobs.
Construction will take about eight months and create another 80 jobs.
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