Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Why Can't Flegg Flog Ipswich to the George Street Set?

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Why Can't Flegg Flog Ipswich to the George Street Set?

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IF BRUCE Flegg could just bring himself to spend a bit less time in the cosy, leafy surroundings of Moggill and a bit more time in the rough and tumble of the 'Swich, he might realise that it's not such a hard place to sell.

The State MP has been going through the Kleenex like there's no tomorrow, crying at the previous government for not forcing public servants to transfer from Brisbane to the new nine-storey office tower, Icon Ipswich, currently under construction in Bell St.

As the QT reported yesterday, Dr Flegg has the job of convincing roughly 800 people to relocate voluntarily before his government begins its 15-year lease of Icon next October.

As he and Premier Campbell Newman opposed the decentralisation of government workers, it's a job he never wanted in the first place Co but as the man in charge of public works, he's stuck with it Co and crying ain't gonna make it go away.

Instead, Dr Flegg needs to put his salesman's cap on and get cracking with a list of advantages of a life working in Ipswich instead of Brisbane.

Somehow, he has got to convince those stubborn managers that it is a worthwhile risk letting some of their people embrace the 'Swich lifestyle.

In order to help the embattled MP, I put the call out to QT online readers and my fellow staff yesterday.

Here's what we came up with:

Perhaps the most obvious Co traffic. Compare the number of cars driving from Brisbane to Ipswich during the morning commute, compared to the number travelling in the opposite direction. Then consider what would happen to Brisbane-bound traffic if more people who lived in Ipswich also worked in Ipswich

Another car-related advantage Co parking. Ipswich is blessed with a spacious, largely unused, multi-level car park underneath the CBD. Best of all, it costs nothing to park there Co virtually unheard of in Brisbane

Pubs and taverns. …

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