Cancelled: QR's move to Ipswich

THE envisaged migration of Queensland Rail employees from Brisbane to the Ipswich CBD has fallen short with only a fraction of the promised number moving to their new home.

Two years ago the former Labor Transport Minister and Ipswich MP, Rachel Nolan, announced 400 staff from QR's passenger arm would move to Ipswich ahead of the newly-developed CBD.

Queensland Rail revealed last week only 27 full-time and 22 part-time staff had moved to the Limestone St offices.

The move was touted as a precursor to QR finding a home in the Icon Ipswich building.

A spokesman for Transport Minister Scott Emerson said a decision on where QR would find a home within Icon Ipswich was still pending.

"The minister is yet to consider the previous government's policy regarding Queensland Rail. However, the Queensland Government remains committed to utilising the Icon Building when completed," the spokesman said.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller was unaware as to why the bulk of the QR staff hadn't already gone to Ipswich, but urged Mr Emerson to make a decision quickly.

"The quicker the new minister, Scott Emerson, can consider the move of further offices in Ipswich, the better the Ipswich economy will be," Mrs Miller said.

"The new LNP Government have to determine how many of those public sector position would have to come to Ipswich.

"It will be a real test for their support of Ipswich on how many they are going to transfer."

A QR spokesman said the staff who already had shifted to Ipswich volunteered to make the move.

The spokesman said QR looked at each request on a case-by-case basis to ensure any of the moves did not adversely affect the business.

During a visit to the Icon Ipswich construction site last month, Housing and Public Works Minister Bruce Flegg said the first public servants would move into the building late next year.



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