Premier and MP united on moving public servants to Ipswich
BUILD it and they will come.
In the case of securing the relocation of more public servants from Brisbane to Ipswich it may not be as simple as that, but both Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard are on the case.
The fly in the ointment will be the unions who don't want the confrontation with staff over forced relocations.
But Ms Howard said two of the first people that came to see her after she got elected were public servants who were afraid they might be sent back to Brisbane.
"They love working so much in Ipswich, and that counters the argument that people don't want to come to Ipswich," she said.
Over 300 SEQ Water staff have relocated to the Icon Tower in the Ipswich CBD but Ms Howard said the George Thorn building was now empty after the Department of Communities relocated to Icon.
She said the Icon building was still "just over half full" and it was the transfer of public servants from the city that was required.
"It would be so beneficial to our CBD and they could see what Ipswich has to offer...much better traffic, lower cost of living and just the right size for children to grow up in," she said.
"I am a proponent of the regionalisation of the public service and I think it will be a wonderful thing for Ipswich. Not only does it lighten congestion in the CBD of Brisbane, it is an injection into the local economy of regional areas.
"It worked very well in Victoria when they regionalised their public servants into Bendigo and Ballarat."
Given that hundreds of public servants commute to Brisbane each day from Ipswich, the QT asked Ms Palaszczuk whether she intended to bring more government departments to Ipswich.
"I am happy to have a good look at it. I will make it a priority," she said.
"Where we can encourage people to live and work close by, we should be encouraging that where we can."
Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby said having centralised public service departments in Brisbane "does not make sense".
"You watch all the cars going on the Centenary Highway to the city every day," he said.
"They are spending all the money on fuel, and their time. They should be here.
"There has to be a reason for them to be here…but definitely the train (line to Springfield) has brought a population and economic explosion here and that is going to make a huge difference."