OPINION: State Budget must look after Ipswich
IPSWICH has made giant strides in the past 12 months on the unemployment front and that trend must continue via smart government decisions.
Labour force figures for the May quarter show Ipswich has had a 3.1% fall in unemployment, now down to 7%.
The 70 new jobs that will be available at the Robelle Lagoon will no doubt bring that down further in coming months as will the hundreds of jobs to be on offer at the Dusit Thani Resort in Springfield when it is constructed.
Ipswich City Council has played its role in facilitating new jobs by working in partnership with business and this trend is set to continue.
But council and business can't do it all on its own.
The disastrous loss of hundreds of jobs at Aurizon at the old Redbank railway workshops is a testament to a ludicrous decision by the former Labor government to privatise rail assets.
The QT is opposed to any moves by government to centralise services in Brisbane as this, despite the rhetoric, will also lead to job losses long term.
It is why the Police Communications Centre should not be moved.
We also call on government, State and Federal, to fund vital infrastructure in our region which will also lead to long term jobs.
Hopefully the State Budget has some goodies in it for Ipswich and the Labor Party does not forget the city's role in bringing it into power.