Tully says Brookwater project set to put Ipswich on the map
THE 800 jobs to be created by the $550 million Dusit Thani Brookwater Golf and Spa Resort will be a massive employment boost for Ipswich for decades to come.
Ipswich City Council's planning and development supremo Cr Paul Tully said the Brookwater resort would be vital to the economic prosperity of a city that will grow to over 400,000 in the decades ahead.
Major projects based in the city don't just bring jobs in the construction phase, but also provide long-term employment into the future.
The construction phase of the Brookwater resort will create 500 jobs, and once operational a further 300 positions will need to be filled.
Cr Tully said the construction of resorts such as Dusit Thani's was a win-win for the people of Ipswich.
"Growth means jobs in two ways, firstly in the initial construction phase of these new developments," Cr Tully said.
"It also means the ongoing jobs that will be available in the hospitality industry for people in our local community.
"Ipswich is set to pass the 200,000 population mark in the next three or four years and when we go to over 400,000 in the next 20 years there will be thousands of jobs available for Ipswich people, including young people when they finish school.
"This is a major development for Ipswich.
"Who would have ever thought that Ipswich would be promoted as a major tourist destination? With this five-star resort we will be promoted to the world...for people who want to fly in from overseas for a golfing holiday or a holiday where they can commute to Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
"It is being promoted as ideally positioned in the centre of south-east Queensland."
Cr Tully has been in local government for 36 years and has witnessed Ipswich promoted for sport, heritage and other facets. But never has he seen a drawcard like the Brookwater resort.
"This is the big one," he said.
"This will really put Ipswich on the map. It is one of the biggest boosts that Ipswich has had in its history."