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Ikea looking for 250 staff to fill roles at new North Lakes store

Ikea looking for 250 staff to fill roles at new North Lakes store

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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Gold Coast playground named Queensland’s best park

Gold Coast playground named Queensland’s best park (1)

A playground on the northern Gold Coast has been recognised as the state’s best park after taking out a top industry gong.

Two Gold Coast winners were among 17 projects to be honoured by the Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards last night.

Gold Coast playground named Queensland’s best park (3)

The impressive community play hub known as Bim’bimba Park in Pimpama, designed by Brisbane based Form Landscape Architects, won the Parks and Open Spaces category.

“Bim’bimba Park tells a rich, exciting and detailed story and has been underpinned by simple design principles that respond carefully to its setting to deliver a range of spaces for active play and recreation,” said Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) Queensland Jury Chair Deb Robbins.

AILA Queensland President David Uhlmann said shared outdoor spaces have taken on even greater importance following the COVID-19 crisis.

“With Gold Coast locals spending more time enjoying local parks, backyards, and green spaces, landscape architecture has been brought to the forefront,” he said.

“We believe there has been a new-found realisation of the importance of green space and active travel opportunities that are complementary to essential infrastructure, not only in our city centres, but also in our neighbourhoods, and surrounding our homes.”

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The landscape planning category award went to The Urban Tree Canopy, a Gold Coast study by global firm Arup.

“With a growing population and increasing development on the Gold Coast region, this study makes rigorous analysis and judgment on the effects of both increased and decreased tree canopy,” said Ms Robbins.

“The outcome is a plan for unprecedented climate changes and provides a baseline for understanding urban heat island effects on the Gold Coast.”




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Olympics, Billion-Dollar Projects Brighten Brisbane Outlook

Olympics, Billion-Dollar Projects Brighten Brisbane Outlook (1)

Hosting the 2032 Olympic Games, along with a swathe of major projects and infrastructure, could play a critical role in Brisbane’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

With the largest local authority in the southern hemisphere, Brisbane is well-positioned post-pandemic with $20 billion worth of major development on the way and $49.5 billion committed to transport infrastructure.

Major development projects include the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail, $3 billion Queen’s Wharf casino and the Brisbane Airport redevelopment.

The region, home to one in seven Australians, has put its hand up to host the 2032 games—the first location to announce it would bid for the $5 billion-plus games, under new rules that allow a region, rather than a city, to host the event.

“There is already a need for jobs and growth in the Queensland economy arising from the impact of Covid-19,” Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said.

Olympics, Billion-Dollar Projects Brighten Brisbane Outlook (2)

“Our partner three levels of government recognise a potential 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a critical part of the state and nation’s economic recovery in the short term, quite apart from all of the long-term health, wellbeing, economic and sporting legacies.”

Brisbane deputy mayor Krista Adams, Brisbane Marketing chief executive Brett Fraser, ASM Global Asia Pacific chief executive Harvey Lister and Brisbane Marketing chairman Paul Spiro will discuss the key projects and initiatives driving Brisbane post-pandemic, at The Urban Developer’s upcoming Brisbane Reimagined webinar.

Panellists will touch on major economic priorities and their impact on the property sector as well as recent changes to the City Plan and the impact on the property sector.

This event is a must for anyone invested or considering investing in the greater Brisbane region.




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Builders Compete for $460m Logan Hospital Revamp

Builders Compete for $460m Logan Hospital Revamp (1) (1)

Tenders to construct Logan Hospital’s $460 million expansion are on offer, with work slated to start on the hospital’s main construction next year.

Design of the hospital’s major expansion began last month, with an invitation to offer for two projects—both the hospital expansion and the maternity upgrade—issued to shortlisted companies following an open market expression last month.

A Queensland Health spokesperson said the tenders were in “commercial confidence” with the shortlist understood to be narrowed down to four companies.

Work on infrastructure upgrades will take place during the rest of this year, with the main construction scheduled to start in 2021.

Builders Compete for $460m Logan Hospital Revamp (2)

The expansion forms part of a wider infrastructure program at Logan Hospital over the course of five years, aimed at increasing the hospital’s capacity by almost half.

Plans will see one of Logan Hospital’s main buildings increase by four stories and the open-air ground level built-in.

Maternity service upgrades include the addition of birthing pools, overnight facilities for partners with six additional maternity inpatient beds, and five extra birthing suites.

Construction on the hospital’s maternity upgrade is slated to start in September this year.

Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman described the upgrade as “one of Queensland’s largest-ever hospital expansions”, which will see an additional 206 beds, treatment spaces and upgraded services across Logan Hospital.

The two projects are expected to generate 1000 jobs during construction.

Home to a population of around 330,000, Logan City is one of Queensland’s fastest-growing regions.

Earlier this month, a four-storey medical centre three blocks from the Logan hospital in Meadowbrook was given development approval.

The $30 million centre, at 10-12 Nestor Drive, will replace industrial sheds and is scheduled to start next year with a completion date of 2022.




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