JOBS DRIVE: Blair MP Shayne Neumann said hundreds of jobs would be created in in infrastructure projects.
MORE than 2000 jobs will eventuate in Ipswich this year.
They’re available through massive road infrastructure projects, a billion-dollar RAAF build, international grocery store construction and even in small local business.
Blair MP Shayne Neumann said among the most significant jobs drive was jointly-funded highway upgrades.
Stage one of the Darra to Rocklea upgrade on the Ipswich Motorway, a three kilometre stretch, needs 470 workers to get the job done in time for the 2020 deadline.
Pre-tendering is already finished and the final design work will be finished by the middle of the year.
“During the life of the project, everything from stop and go signallers, engineers, tradesmen and women and all manner of experienced construction personnel will be needed,” Mr Neumann said. “That will offer a broad range of jobs and there will also be apprenticeships offered. It’s a really good project for job creation in the area.
“That’s not the final area, more jobs will be created when the rest of the six kilometre project is completed.” Mr Nuemann said the billion-dollar RAAF Base Amberley project supported another 1500 contracting staff.
He said the increase in staff travelling to and from the site would put increased demand on regional road infrastructure and present a strong case for the Willowbank interchange upgrade.
“We’re talking about 1500 contracting staff working on infrastructure projects through the expansion of real air capacity and the old buildings. It’s a major expansion with more platforms for Super Hornets and the like,” he said.
“The critical thing now is to upgrade the Willowbank interchange from Ebenezer to Yamanto, it is critical that happens. “We’re talking about 10 projects in the pipeline over a four-year period and you can’t build that and expect that the road infrastructure can cope.”
Mr Neumann said smaller local council projects were responsible for fostering jobs growth in sectors like hospitality and tourism.
“I am supporting Ipswich City Council’s attempt to upgrade John St in Rosewood. It is a beautiful little country town but there are lot of things that can be done to enhance it, that’s why the John St upgrade is important,” he said.
“Not only will it creat jobs but tourism and economic development in the region.
“We can’t end up in a situation where Ipswich is just a commuter city of Brisbane where the jobs aren’t local. It is critical that the jobs be created in the Ipswich region otherwise we are going to clog up the motorways and public transport and people will have the same problem as in Western Sydney.
“To prevent that we need to create jobs locally.”
Meanwhile, at Bundamba, 280 new jobs have been promised as American warehouse giant Costco lodged plans to Ipswich City Council for a 6.5ha site development.
With plans to join the international business at Walker Corporation’s $1 billion Citiswitch business park, World Gym manager Dominic Edwards has plenty of jobs on offer for fit workers.
He’s one of many small business owners in Ipswich with plans to open a new site or expand their employee list tjis year.
Jobs available right now
COMPANIES and local business are looking for staff complete their work force in 2018.
Jobs in meatworks, taxi companies and real estate agents are open to applications now and some boast attractive bonuses.
Labourers, boners, slicers and butchers are needed at the JBS plant at Dinmore.
This is a great opportunity to enter a career at the ground floor with endless opportunity and a great chance to earn good money, the ad read.
Resumes should be forwarded to EmploymentDinmore@jbssa.com.au or drop it off at the guard house.
- Taxi drivers
Positions are available for taxi drivers in Ipswich.
Full time and part time work is available with no experience necessary.
Weekend and week day courses are starting now. To book call 3281 2997.
- Real estate professional
A real estate professional is required for Lockyer, Somerset and north western Ipswich areas.
Send a CV and resume with a current real estate registration number to the principal, PO Box 7231 Redland Bay Qld 4165.
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Brisbane Gets Purpose-Built Robotics Centre for $23bn Industry
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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