Ikea is starting to recruit for the 250 positions it needs to fill before the North Lakes store opens at the end of the year.
Store manager Stefano Bizzarri said recruiting would start in mid this month and continue through January for a number of positions including floor staff; customer relations; logistics; forklift drivers; hospitality roles for the food areas; and interior design and visual merchandising.
“People can now sign up and register their interest on the Ikea website,” Mr Bizzarri said.
“We have already had a lot of interest.”
Mr Bizzarri said he would like to employ local residents if they fit the bill.
“There has been a lot of interest (in jobs) from local people; I think that is a win-win,” he said.
“Of course it needs to be right person as well, but having people from the local area means they can tell us what works and how people live in this area.”
Mr Bizzarri and his team will hold information sessions at Westfield North Lakes from May 9-15.
The stall will be set up near the food court, where the mallway will be built to link with Ikea.
“The Ikea culture is based on a spirit of togetherness, enthusiasm and fun and we are always looking for people who share our positive attitude, values and love for home furnishings,” Mr Bizzarri said.
“We are looking for co-workers who have a good sense of responsibility, a desire to share our entrepreneurial spirit and will love to roll up their sleeves to make Ikea an even better place to work.”
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said Ikea’s second Queensland store would provide one of the biggest boosts to the region in the next few years and predicted shoppers would travel from the greater Brisbane region and the Sunshine Coast as well as providing hundreds of jobs for residents.
Construction of the big blue box along the Bruce Highway is on track for a pre-Christmas opening.
From the outside, the building looks all but complete, while inside work has started on the massive restaurant, capable of seating 390 customers.
In the next few weeks, the installation of 1600 solar panels will take place. Mr Bizzarri said the solar panels, along with 10,000 LED lights would help the store reach an Ikea target of being “energy independent by 2020”.
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USC Moreton Bay Campus attracts property buyers
The USC Moreton Bay campus, scheduled to open in Petrie this year, is helping to increase interest in the Pine Rivers property market and buyer activity will only increase, according to a local real estate expert.
According to data from Core Logic, more than half of the suburbs in the Pine River Press catchment area saw average growth in property prices in 2019, while everyone except Dakabin has seen an increase in average property prices in the past three years.
The outstanding performance of 2019 was achieved by Dayboro, where the average property price rose 16.9 percent to $ 591,000.
Clear Mountain ranked second, up 16.3 percent to $ 802,250, while cashmere rose 5.4 percent to $ 769,450.
Mark Rumsey, sales manager at David Deane Real Estate Strathpine, said the real estate market at Pine Rivers was solid in 2019.
“It was hit by the impact of the royal banking commission’s actions and the federal election earlier this year, but has grown steadily since then,” he said.
“There was a lot of investor activity due to the university and the first home buyers were solid with interest rates at such record lows.”
According to Rumsey, Strathpine, Lawnton, Bray Park and Petrie were the top-selling suburbs in 2019. The university and subsequent development that it supported met with keen interest.
“We are so close to the bay, rural areas, the north and south coasts, 25 minutes from the city, and have an average house price of only $ 425,000 for properties with large blocks and great value,” said he.
Mr. Rumsey predicted that 2020 would be an even better year for real estate in the region.
“The new first incentives for home buyers, possible rate cuts, the opening of Petrie University and Brisbane’s second runway will make our region and Brisbane have a very good year of growth overall,” he said.
“We are very excited about the development of our region and some of the exciting new projects that are being put into practice.”
Queensland Unveils Brisbane Live Development Plans
The Queensland government has announced it will begin “market sounding” for the new Brisbane Live arena, the 17,000-seat entertainment venue pegged for Brisbane’s CBD.
Plans for the new venue, which is proposed to cost around $2.1 billion, have been in discussion for years and form part of the precinct strategy of the new Cross River Rail project.
“We know that by unlocking under-utilised land in the heart of the city like Roma Street, we can leverage significant private sector investment,” Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in the announcement.
Approval is yet to be given for the major project, which is understood to have venue operator ASM Global and entertainment promoter Live Nation as lead proponents to build and manage the arena.
When contacted, a spokesperson said the state government expects the arena would play a key part in Brisbane’s bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.
Plans would see the Brisbane Live precinct sit above the rail-yards at Roma Street station, one of seven sites investigated as a potential location.
The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has also launched market sounding to attract concepts from the private sector for the $5.4 billion rail project.
Public consultation will start on the precinct’s delivery strategy, which minister for Cross River Rail Kate Jones says will offer development opportunities at the five new stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street, and Exhibition.
“The delivery strategy we’re announcing will see up to 22-hectares of prime real estate in the heart of Brisbane revitalised,” Jones said at Saturday’s announcement.
“Globally we know these types of venues next to a new underground high-capacity train station with connections to other public transport modes re-invigorate the entire area.”
On Friday a new 32-hectare Roma Street Cross River Rail priority development area (PDA) was declared to “fast-track the development and delivery” of the new underground station.
The state government will work with Brisbane City Council to finalise the development scheme for the site which is expected within the next 18 months.
When complete the $5.4 billion rail project will span a 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, including 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and City Centre.
Brisbane’s $3.6bn Queen’s Wharf: Construction Update
Construction on Brisbane’s $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development is well under way, with five levels of basement closing nearing ground level.
The giant hole in the ground, which drops down 26 metres, is fast being transformed into Queensland’s largest basement and underground car park, set to provide up to 2,000 car parks.
More than three Olympic pools worth of concrete has already been pumped into the basement build with six satellite concrete pumps across site pouring more than 8,300 cubic metres of concrete into the foundations.
The number of on-site construction workers also is beginning to rise with the ranks of its current 250-strong workforce expected to increase to 500 by the end of the year and at peak be up to 2,000 workers on site.
Privately-owned Destination Brisbane Consortium—which includes the Star group, developers Far East Consortium and Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook—is responsible for the integrated resort after being selected by the Queensland Government to transform the historic yet underutilises site.
“We are now at level four of the car park basements under the east end of William Street and expect to reach street level around Easter 2020,” Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said.
“This means William Street will be reconstructed and used by construction traffic to build the remaining basements and podiums levels.”
“This time next year the podium levels will be well and truly sitting above George Street as we work towards completing the tower shells for fit out in 2022.”
Builder Probuild began excavation on the site in 2017, removing close to 400,000 cubic metres of material from the site, much of which has gone to Brisbane Airport for reclamation work and to build the BNE auto mall.
In July 2019, Probuild handed over the massive task of building what is Queensland’s largest construction project to construction giant Multiplex.
The Queen’s Wharf precinct, which has taken more than a significant footprint of the CBD, will include four new luxury hotels, more than 50 new bars and restaurants, along with 2,000 residential apartments for the completed major development.
Fifth and sixth apartment towers have been approved for the site, offering 1,360 apartments, but the construction timing has not been confirmed.
The 500-metre foreshore, including the newly created Mangrove Walk and upgraded Bicentennial bikeway, opened in October of this year while the wharf precinct is expected to open in late 2022.
There is significant public space integrated into the design of the development as well—the equivalent of 12 football fields.
This public space will help to accommodate the additional 1.39 million visitors expected in Brisbane as a result of the project. The development has also earned a 6-star Green Star Communities rating.
In addition to the main works, attention in 2020 will turn to the public realm as construction of the pedestrian bridge to South Bank will commence and works for The Landing will continue. Piling at South Bank is expected to start mid-way through the year.
“The Neville Bonner Bridge works are expected to kick-off with site establishment at South Bank in February 2020,” Crooks said.
Victorian company Fitzgerald Constructions, responsible for Melbourne’s Jim Stynes Bridge and Seafarers Bridge, will oversee the construction of the Neville Bonner Bridge, named after the Queensland federal MP.
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