News

750 public servants set for forced Icon move

UNION officials expect public servants based in Brisbane's CBD will be forced to move to Icon Ipswich as the opening date edges closer.

Icon Ipswich is expected to be occupied by 1200 public servants in seven months time, but who they will be is yet to be decided.

Together Union secretary Alex Scott expressed concern that workers living on Brisbane's bayside would be forced to travel hours to Ipswich each day.

The Public Service Commission said 450 public servants based in Ipswich had already been allocated to Icon Ipswich and expected the remaining 750 to be shifted from Brisbane.

"The Public Service Commission is still liaising with a number of government agencies about Brisbane-based work units who will relocate," a spokesman said.

"This should be finalised by the end of April."

But Together Union secretary Alex Scott was sceptical the April deadline would be met.

Mr Scott said Ipswich was home to thousands of public servants who travelled on the Ipswich motorway and train line to work.

Mr Scott said the task of identifying the workers had begun.

He said Ipswich was not the problem, but the extra hours of commuting acted as a deterrent.

"People that live in Redcliffe and Wynnum are desperate not to go, but people living in Ipswich would love to," he said.

"Clearly it's going to put more stress in the workplace. Workers, whether they are in the public or private sector, generally put in extra hours.

"But if you are travelling for hours to get to work, they are less able to put in the extra hours.

"They can smash through with it, but it will become a more toxic and less productive workplace," he said.

Construction of the nine-storey tower is progressing on schedule with the State Government to begin its 15-year lease on the building on October 1.

Mayor Paul Pisasale has offered to give potential Icon Ipswich workers a tour of the city in a bid to attract more of them.

The shifting of public servants became a sticking point when the LNP won last year's election.

The premier said public servants did not want to move to Ipswich.

Topics:  icon ipswich, public servants



Child injured as car flips on Cunningham Highway

Queensland Ambulance Service on scene of an accident.  Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Car on roof following accident south of Ipswich

REVEALED: Works start on critical bypass bridge

The Toowomba Second Range Crossing's 800-metre viaduct.

TSRC viaduct a "critical design feature of the project"

Local Partners

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'working on custody agreement'

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are thrashing out a custody agreement

10 of the worst wedding day disasters

Getting hitched without a hitch. That's the aim, right?

Trump's comments make light of statutory rape

Trevor Noah has gone to town on Donald Trump's sexism

Forza Horizon 3 review: Australia's never looked so good

Fancy racing a freight train?

Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Twelve Apostles feature

Tommy goes home in emotional Bachelorette episode

The Bachelorette contestant Tommy Saggus.

BRISBANE bachelor hopes show will give him more confidence.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets