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300 Seqwater staff to move to Icon Ipswich

SEQWATER is the first government authority to confirm it is moving into Icon Ipswich.

The water services body yesterday confirmed to the QT a number of its staff would be moving from their current Brisbane City headquarters into Icon Ipswich.

The move will see around 300 staff transfer from Brisbane CBD to the new Ipswich tower, with about half of their current office workforce set to move.

The transfer will begin following the summer wet season with a move-in date currently set at March 1 next year.

A spokesman from Seqwater yesterday told the QT, staff were informed of the move on Wednesday.

Currently, Seqwater's Brisbane-based employees are split between offices on Creek and Margaret Sts.

The spokesman said while the news had come as a shock to many employees, the possibility of water services being an Icon tenant had been suggested since the building's planning stages.

He said Seqwater would be working closely with their employees living across Brisbane to "ensure a smooth transition."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he was pleased the State Government had reconfirmed its commitment to Ipswich.

"Its fantastic news; it's good to see the government is committed to regionalisation," he said.

"We've got a beautiful building out here and a great city.

"It makes sense for them (Seqwater) to operate out of Ipswich which is close to where their staff are working on the dams."

Cr Pisasale said he expected this would be just the first government department to set up operations in Ipswich.

He said he wanted to encourage the staff to move into the city.

"We want to work with the staff and their families to show them what a wonderful city we are and what great facilities we have here."

Icon Ipswich is expected to eventually house the offices of 1200 government employees, 800 of which, including the 300 from Seqwater, will be relocated from Brisbane. The building was empty of State Government employees when its lease for the building began on October 1.

The major development on Bell St is hoped to begin a revitalisation of the Ipswich CBD.

The Icon tower has already seen a pharmacy open its doors while Legal Aid Queensland's Ipswich office will relocate there next week.

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