LANDMARK: The Icon Ipswich Tower can be seen among the older buildings in the Ipswich CBD area.
LANDMARK: The Icon Ipswich Tower can be seen among the older buildings in the Ipswich CBD area. David Nielsen

Ipswich-based workers keen to secure a job in CBD complex

HUNDREDS of Ipswich workers want to shelve their daily commute and work in Icon Ipswich as the city prepares for the arrival of Brisbane's public servants.

The State Government's water body has been bombarded with more than 280 western corridor residents sending expressions of interest, hoping to land a job in Ipswich's newest office building.

Almost 90 per cent of the Brisbane-based workers in Seqwater agreed to relocate from the city offices to Icon Ipswich, with the move to start in under a month.

But, a Seqwater spokesperson said 19 staff resigned since the relocation west was announced late last year.

Some of the jobs advertised on the Seqwater website include Asset Planning, Safety, ICT and Contracts Management.

"As our website indicates, we also encourage expressions of interest from Ipswich region residents so that when vacancies arise, we have a 'job ready' pool of suitable candidates," the spokesperson said.

"To date Seqwater has received more than 280 expressions of interest since the announcement of our relocation."

Despite the call for Ipswich job hunters to come forward, the spokesperson said all Seqwater vacancies are filled through a merit based process regardless of where the applicant resides.

Seqwater's move to Icon Ipswich is expected to be complete by the end of March, but employees based in the Karalee office have already moved into the new office.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has recorded a video message welcoming the employees to Ipswich.

He urged Ipswich residents to welcome the employees with a handshake or a friendly hello.

"What you have got to understand is destination Ipswich is alive and well. The police want to come here, air force personnel want to come to RAAF base Amberley," he said.

Ipswich MP Ian Berry said the Icon towers will eventually be filled entirely with Ipswich residents living and working in the city.

"The message really is Ipswich is a great place to live and work," he said.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said job hunters to put their names forward for Seqwater jobs may be left disappointed if their qualifications don't fit the technical description of the jobs on offer.

"It's clear that there is an employment issue in Ipswich and the Newman Government has sacked many public servants that live in Ipswich," she said.

"People are applying for jobs not only in Ipswich but Logan and other areas as well."

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