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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Queensland Confirms 2032 Olympic Games Bid
Queensland will join the race to host the 2032 Olympic Games after premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed that cabinet had given the green light for the bid on Monday.
State cabinet officially endorsed the bid after a feasibility assessment detailed significant investment and economic benefits for the state.
A south-east Queensland Olympic Games could create 130,000 jobs and deliver more than $8 billion in new trade opportunities, the analysis found.
“This is about so much more than a few weeks of sport,” Palaszczuk said.
“Hosting the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics could be a game-changer and deliver 20 years of accelerated opportunity for our state.”
More than 80 per cent of venues that would support an Olympic Games are already built, while recent IOC reforms ensure host cities receive significant financial support from the committee.
Preliminary analysis undertaken in May estimated net operating costs of $5.3 billion to host the 2032 Olympic Games.
Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said that IOC’s financial contributions may be enough to offset the cost of the games entirely.
“The operating costs of the games can be done in a cost-neutral manner,” Schrinner said.
Schrinner, along with the council of Queensland mayors, has been vocal in his support of 2032 Olympics campaign—penning an open letter to the premier in an attempt to fast-track the bid.
The premier said the bid process will be staged, with the first phase about securing financial support across all levels of government.
On Monday, the premier said that the government has “not discounted” the use of the Gabba for the opening ceremony, and flagged upgrades to the ageing QEII Stadium and Albion Park raceway for major events.
The International Olympic Committee is not expected to announce the winner until 2022, giving the state government two years to finalise its bid.
Both the opposition leader Anthony Albanese and prime minister Scott Morrison have already thrown their support behind the bid.
“We will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure we receive the financial support we require from all levels of government,” Palaszczuk said on Monday.
Queensland’s initial bid will be assessed by the IOC executive committee, before being signed off by more than one hundred Olympic delegates.
China, Germany, Indonesia and the “combined Koreas” are among rumoured early-stage bidders.
Lendlease Leads $176m Cairns Convention Centre Upgrade
Lendlease will deliver stage one of the $176 million redevelopment of the Cairns Convention Centre for the Queensland government.
Stage one planning has now commenced with works expected to commence in May next year, when the centre closes for a roof replacement and refurbishment work.
The announcement comes as a decision is yet to be revealed on who will deliver Cairns global tourism hub, a billion-dollar waterfront development, touted as a major boost to the local economy through development, tourism and employment potential.
Three international firms were shortlisted to develop the $1 billion-dollar project, with proposals from The Star Entertainment Group, Reef Casino Joint Venture, and Hard Rock International, announced in March this year.
Lendlease, the current owner and operator of Cairns Central Shopping Centre, has delivered the Cairns Hospital and the original Cairns Convention Centre.
It was also behind Sydney’s International Convention Centre and the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Lendlease’s Brad Protheroe says the partnership with state government in delivering the project would “create jobs in local communities for women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the long-term unemployed and apprentices”.
“Leveraging our local presence, we will continue to work with industry to ensure the engagement of local sub-contractors and suppliers,” Protheroe said.
Plans for the centre’s expansion includes a new entry, space for exhibitors’ booths, three meeting rooms covering a total of 420sq metres and a rooftop space.
Cairn’s convention centre’s last major upgrade was a $10 million update in 2005.
The centre’s doors are expected to reopen in 2022.
Youth Homeless Centre in Southport Under Way
Work on a new $13 million Youth Foyer for young people at risk of homelessness on the Gold Coast has turned the first sod.
The Queensland government purchased the site for $2.6 million in 2017, with plans for completion of the Southport-based project originally slated by the end of this year.
The centre, at North and High Street, will be managed by Gold Coast Youth Service in partnership with Horizon Housing Company, and provide accommodation for vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25 years.
“So, rather than worrying about where you’re going to sleep or where your next meal is coming from, you can study and work hard to create a brighter future,” member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said.
Each young person living in the Youth Foyer would need to be in employment, education or training to be eligible to live at the centre.
Scanlon said they will also pay 25 per cent of their income in rent.
The development will include 40 self-contained apartments with 24-hour on-site supervision and support for the young tenants.
“We are working with the Gold Coast community to build something that meets the expectations and needs of not just future residents, but the local community who will welcome them in,” Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said.
“What’s clear is that this community is crying out for more social and affordable housing.”
This project is expected to employ 600 tradies including 60 apprentices.
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