News

Minister dismisses claim Icon project is struggling

Aerial images of Icon Ipswich.
Aerial images of Icon Ipswich. Contributed

THE State Government has scotched reports it is struggling to fill Icon Ipswich with public servants and says the program is on track.

The Financial Review reported the government was trying to sublease office space in the project's tower to companies as part of its cutbacks in the public service.

But a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Public Works said it had "committed to lease 16,000 square metres of office accommodation within the new nine-storey building".

"There are currently no plans for subleasing space in the Icon building," the spokesman said.

"The lease and program for relocation of public servants is on track and expected to occur late 2013."

Mayor Paul Pisasale said last night he'd had discussions with Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander and Premier Campbell Newman.

"They both gave a commitment to Ipswich that nothing has changed in relation to Icon Ipswich," he said.

"Campbell said he wants to work together on it and said he'll be coming to Ipswich to have a look at the project for himself."

Campbell said he wants to work together on it and said he'll be coming to Ipswich to have a look at the project for himself.

The project was developed by Ipswich City Properties (ICP) and Leighton Properties before the tower was sold to Cromwell Properties. ICP chairman Paul Tully said it no longer had an interest in the building, having sold it to Cromwell.

"Subleasing is permitted after practical completion of the building in September but that is a matter to be negotiated between the State Government and the building owner, Cromwell," he said.

Leighton Properties development manager Bradley Norris said the tower was progressing well.

"The building structure is currently being poured up to level eight, with the forming of level nine expected to commence by end of January," Mr Norris said.

"The concrete structure of the building should be completed by early March with practical completion still targeted for September 13. "The facade is starting to be installed as the building structure is completed."

Last September, a Department of Housing and Public Works spokesman said $36 million had been allocated for office fit-out and to relocate government functions.

"The allocated budget is intended to cover all the costs associated with fit-out and relocation of staff to the new premises," the spokesman said.

Topics:  department of housing and public works icon ipswich public servants



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Santa's visit to Marburg delayed a day due to storm

Saturday afternoon's storm rolling into Marburg.

Christmas Carnival delayed 24 hours

Massive water park will help you cool off this weekend

Water Wonderland is coming to Ipswich.

The water park Ipswich residents have been crying out for is here.

Family of slain grandfather welcomes guilty plea

Ariik Mayot was arrested by police after attacking Ipswich grandfather Lindsay Ede in Goodna. Photo: Contributed

"Coward punch" killer could serve life in jail

Local Partners

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

New 1200-seat Mormon church to open in Ipswich

COMMUNITY: Barbara MacDonald of Springfield Lakes with her children from left, Jacob, 6, Charlotte, 2, Joseph, 4, Emily, 9, and Lachlan, 8, outside the newly built Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at Augustine Heights.

One of Australia's largest Mormon churches will open this month

REVEALED: 25 of Ipswich's cheapest houses

8 Trumper St, East Ipswich, Offers above $230,000.

Old and neglected homes in hot demand with renovators

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!