BIG FISH ON LINE: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has congratulated Asahi on securing a site in Heathwood but says he has big plans for the Redbank Motorway site.
BIG FISH ON LINE: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has congratulated Asahi on securing a site in Heathwood but says he has big plans for the Redbank Motorway site. Rob Williams

I have a big fish for Redbank: Pisasale

IPSWICH has missed out on bringing Asahi to the city but Mayor Paul Pisasale insists a deal is in the works to bring a global company to Redbank Motorway estate.

Asahi, which bought Schweppes in 2009, will base a giant manufacturing and distribution facility at the Heathwood Logistics Estate, 20km south of Brisbane near the Logan Mwy.

Cr Pisasale had announced in the mayoral election campaign that a heads of agreement had been entered into between Asahi and industrial developers Goodman to construct a $50 million-plus building on the massive Redbank Motorway estate site north of the railway line.

It was a race between Heathwood and Ipswich.

The mayor said he was disappointed there was political interference locally to try and scupper Ipswich's bid to bring Asahi to Redbank, but added that he wished the company well and that he was working on a multi-million dollar deal with another organisation.

"We are in negotiations with a great client to go on the Redbank site and we hope to make an announcement in January or February," Cr Pisasale told the QT.

"It will be one of the biggest fish we have ever caught.

"But you can't win them all.

"Asahi had to decide between two sites - one at Redbank and one at Heathwood - and I can see why they are going where they are.

"It was disappointing that Asahi got draw into an election debate when that wasn't needed.

"But they were always planning to go to Heathwood.

"At the last minute we came in and we nearly stole it from them. It's my job to try to bring great businesses to the city.

"Asahi are an outstanding company and they will still be based in south-east Queensland which is the most important thing, so I congratulate them.

"But we have other projects up our sleeve and more irons in the fire."



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