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Queen’s Wharf to crown Brisbane waterfront

Australia’s construction boom is giving apprentices a great number of job opportunities in Queensland. Ensuring that plans are delivered on time and to a high standard is a key concern for employers, and a strong recruitment strategy is helping to make this a reality.

Meanwhile, as-yet-unqualified jobseekers are finding opportunities to become carpenters, bricklayers, roofers, metalworkers and a whole host of other professions. At the same time, this is helping everyone from chefs to retail trainees find work.

The development of Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane is set to provide all these things and more, after the plans were unveiled in December. The underused precinct will be revitalised into a tourist hub, providing a great deal of short- and long-term employment opportunities, the Queensland government explained recently.

The public now have a chance to see the plans for the multi-billion dollar Brisbane Queen’s Wharf Integrated Resort Development.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the redevelopment is a rare chance to boost the area – and one that will in turn improve the prospects of apprenticeship and traineeships in Queensland.

“We have a once in a generation opportunity to revitalise this area to create a destination that not only attracts international visitors to our city, but also opens it up for the people of Brisbane to enjoy,” Mr Seeney explained on December 22.

“This redevelopment will bring thousands of jobs to the city both in the construction phase of the project but also in tourism, retail and entertainment during the life of the new resort.”

A tale of two city plans

The state is yet to choose from two design plans, though the approval of either will give a boost to construction jobs as a range of commercial and civil infrastructure projects get under way.

“The Integrated Resorts being proposed by both consortia include world-class hotels, restaurants, bars, gaming, outdoor public spaces and improved river access and a range of exciting attractions for locals and tourists,” Mr Seeney concluded.

Once the new precinct is completed, hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, cafes and countless other businesses in the hospitality industry will be in a good position to benefit from increased tourism and commerce. To meet these demands, businesses will need strong recruitment strategies to ensure long-term skills development, which both apprenticeship and traineeship programs will be ready to deliver.

By Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator.

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