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 COUNCIL MAKES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR COMMITMENT TO BEACH PROTECTION
Gold Coast City Council has announced backing for its ongoing coastal protection program, with construction underway on the $18.2 million Palm Beach Artificial Reef and the $1.1 million Kurrawa Park seawall at Broadbeach.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the ongoing investment into the coastline cemented the importance of the City’s beaches to the community, commenting “our beaches are an important asset that contributes to both our economy and lifestyle.
“We’ve invested more than $30 million into a range of beach measures over 2018/19 to ensure our beaches are protected against coastal hazards and here for future generations to come,” said Mayor Tate.
The $1.5 million seawall rebuild at the southern end of Narrowneck is nearing completion, with works expected to finish this month subject to weather conditions.
Construction and management of seawalls is part of the City’s shoreline response to coastal erosion, with 14 kilometres of public urban shoreline that require seawall protection.
Seawall construction for private properties remains the responsibility of the property owner.
The City also conducts an annual $1 million dredging operation at both Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creek to replenish beaches at Burleigh and Palm Beach.
Dredging of Tallebudgera Creek will commence next week, with works expected to finish in time for the September school holidays. Once complete, the dredge will move onto Currumbin Creek.
Approximately 1000 cubic metres of sand will be pumped from Tallebudgera Creek onto southern Burleigh Beach daily, with natural processes assisting with transporting additional sand north.
A further 30,000 000 cubic metres of sand from Currumbin Creek mouth will be used to nourish southern Palm Beach.
The City previously delivered a $13.9 million beach nourishment project in 2017 in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, with a specialised dredge depositing sand along vulnerable sections of the area’s coastline.
Gold Coast Airport Lands $100m ‘Green’ Loan
The operator of the Gold Coast Airport, Queensland Airports Limited, is set to reduce carbon emission through $100 million in “sustainability-linked” loans from Commonwealth Bank and Westpac.
The financing deal with Gold Coast Airport is the first in Australia to be directly linked to a reduction in carbon emissions.
Commonwealth Bank is funding $75 million of the sustainability-linked loan and Westpac $25 million pushing the emissions-linked portion of the funding to $100 million.
Airport operators will use the funding to redevelop the airport and double its terminal floor area over several years, with interest rates to fluctuate depending on whether the airport is able to meet its emissions targets. Underperformance will trigger an increase in pricing.
The multi-year project has been designed to improve the customer experience and address current and future capacity issues.
The Gold Coast Airport deal is part of a move by CBA to develop solutions to help customers who are looking for greener and more energy-efficient opportunities.
“The world is changing rapidly and it’s imperative that we are always looking for innovative solutions that help our clients navigate this change,” CBA group executive of institutional banking and markets Andrew Hinchliff said.
“Commonwealth Bank’s financing deal is the first in Australia to be directly linked to a reduction in carbon emissions, with the potential for a margin reduction provided the airport meets targets linked to a reduction in carbon emissions intensity.”
In May, CBA chief executive Matt Comyn announced plans for the Green Mortgage initiative, a reward scheme for energy efficient home owners.
About $500 million has been invested in the airport precinct including the foundations of the southern terminal expansion and the Rydges-branded airport hotel, which is now under construction.
The southern terminal will house the airport’s international operations, with capacity to service domestic flights using a swing gate system, based on demand.
“Environment, Social and Governance is an area QAL is increasingly focused on, and we have already delivered several sustainability projects across our airports in the past few years,” Queensland Airports chief executive Amelia Evans said.
“Some of these projects include reducing greenhouse gas emissions at Gold Coast Airport by replacing lighting with LED, upgrading air-conditioning units and replacing energy efficient drive motors within our baggage handling system.’’
By 2037 the airport precinct will contribute north of $800 million annually to the region and support an estimated 20,000 full time jobs.
Infrastructure Australia Approves $2bn in Queensland Upgrades
More than $2 billion worth of planned upgrades has been given the green light by Infrastructure Australia, after the business cases for three Queensland projects were approved.
Infrastructure Australia, the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor, added the Queensland projects to the priority list, which is the pipeline of nationally-significant proposals for governments at all levels to choose from.
The three new priority projects:
- The Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor. Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale.
- M1 Pacific Motorway (Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill) and;
- M1 Pacific Motorway (Varsity Lakes to Tugun).
“Being included as a Priority Project on the Infrastructure Priority List shows that a proposal has undergone a rigorous business case assessment and been proven to have significant benefits for the community,” Infrastructure Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said.
“[The] Priority List identifies close to $4 billion worth of nationally-significant projects for Queensland, which are critical to improving both productivity and quality of life,” Madew said.
Bruce Highway upgrade
The Bruce Highway proposal would create a four-lane highway between Edmonton and Gordonvale.
A portion of the road that has recorded high crash rates.
“Between 2007 and 2012, 79 crashes were reported along this section, almost double the rate reported on similar roads across Queensland,” Madew said.
M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade
Up to 150,000 vehicles travel daily on this section of the M1, and due to southeast Queensland’s growing population, this figure is forecast to grow to more than 200,000 by 2041.
The proposal would widen an 8.5 kilometre section of the motorway, improve local busways which Madew says would relieve congestion in the area for the next 15–20 years.
“The project also supports active transport through the provision of an extended cycleway,” she said.
M1 Varsity Lakes to Tugun project
This proposal aims to improve a congested section of the motorway that connects northern NSW and the Gold Coast.
“Increased traffic volumes are causing a high number of accidents and worsening travel times, impacting on local residents travelling to work as well as tourists, tour operators and freight vehicles,” Madew said.
“Widening the motorway in both directions will reduce congestion along this vital corridor, and support the Gold Coast’s economic development.”
Madew said that being included on the Infrastructure Priority List supports better project selection.
“By ensuring Australia’s governments are presented with the best available evidence when making funding decisions,” she said.
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