Business

Icon Ipswich almost a full house as SEQ Water finalise move

WATER WORKS: Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle (right) and Ipswich MP Ian Berry tour the new SEQ Water offices in Icon Ipswich.
WATER WORKS: Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle (right) and Ipswich MP Ian Berry tour the new SEQ Water offices in Icon Ipswich. David Nielsen

THE SEQ Water move from Brisbane to Icon Ipswich is on the verge of completion with 300 staff now calling the new tower their home.

The move will be finalised in the coming weeks, with the last 40 staff preparing to make the transition west.

Three months since the first tenants began to move in, the majority of the 1200 public servants have taken up office in the Icon Ipswich tower. Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle and Ipswich MP Ian Berry toured the newly-opened offices for the first time yesterday.

The state-of-the-art offices include spacious meeting rooms with spectacular panoramic views of Ipswich's major landmarks.

The 340 staff takes up two and a half floors of the Icon building, with the first staff moving in a month ago.

Speculation was rife late last year that few staff had put their hands up to move from Queensland Government buildings in Creek and Margaret Streets.

But Mr McArdle commended the SEQ Water board for coordinating the large scale move. He would not reveal the cost of relocating and fitting out the offices.

"There are now 300 people here, getting that organised is always difficult. A move of this nature of a corporation of this size is always going to have complications," he said.

"We now have a major State Government GOC in the region and it will be a bonus, I believe, for both the greater economy for this city, but also across the larger region as well.

The Icon development has long been predicted to kick-start the CBD renewal, and both MPs believe the influx of public servants will bring business back to the Ipswich Mall.

"But the benefit is that there are 300 people here in Ipswich during the day who will spend money here in Ipswich. That figure will grow to 340 in a few weeks time so we will have a boost here to the economy of this region," Mr McArdle said.

"The board have handled this very well. They have done a phenomenal job. They have gotten people from a five-storey complex to a modern facility that allows better communication and better outcomes."

Mr Berry said the Icon Ipswich move is the Queensland Plan in action.

"It tends to bring back to the centre of Ipswich a lot more people. Riverlink did take some people away from us but here it's now refocusing what the city of Ipswich is about."

Topics:  icon ipswich seq water



Young father breaches child porn court orders

Generic Rockhampton Court.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Drugs and failure to report lands man in jail

Mobile tower rage: ‘We pay the price’

CONCERNED: Deebing Heights residents Darryl Beyer and Jenny Harrison look over the approved Optus mobile phone tower site.

'I'd never forgive myself if anything ever happened to the children'

Ipswich's own foodie heaven in town this weekend

Jocelyn Balbarais of Goodna with Samantha, 12, Elijah, 18 months, and Monica, 9, enjoying the Ipswich CBD Food Fair in the Square.

It is the perfect night out for everyone

Local Partners

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

AN IRATE Steve Price has threatened to quit I'm A Celebrity after a series of drama-filled clashes with Keira Maguire.

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

$1b Springfield development deadline brought forward

Aveo's Springfield development is running ahead of schedule.

The majority of interest has come from local buyers

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!