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HIGH-level jobs are being advertised for the politically charged Cross River Rail project in perhaps the strongest sign yet that the major infrastructure venture will go ahead.
Expatriate Queenslanders working interstate or overseas are among the hundreds to express interest in working on the $5.4 billion public transport game-changer.
With both the LNP and One Nation voicing their opposition to Cross River Rail, the job advertisements indicate the Labor Government intends forging ahead with the project in the face of the looming election.
Job details were posted online this month, followed by a swag of roles advertised last week by specialist recruitment agency Robert Walters on behalf of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.
Positions advertised include several executive roles, including project director, and promise an “attractive salary package”.
Language used in the recruitment drive is politically laden, with the several starting with: “Cross River Rail. It’s happening.”
Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad said interest in the roles had been strong as Cross River Rail shifted from planning to delivery.
An artist’s impression of Albert Street Station under the Cross River Rail plan.“These new roles are a unique opportunity to work on a landmark infrastructure project, the kind that Queensland has not seen in a generation, and interest in them has been very strong,” she said.
“In particular there’s been lots of interest from expatriate Queenslanders who have either been working interstate or overseas, and are looking to return home.”
One Nation’s Steve Dickson, who expects the party to hold the balance of power following the election, has said he believed “Cross River Rail is dead”.
The former Liberal National MP said the eight-minute travel time saving was not enough to justify the hefty price tag.
Ms Trad said Queensland could not afford to have to project axed again.
“Tim Nicholls needs to make it clear — does he support Cross River Rail or is he going to cut it again after pressure from One Nation to secure a dodgy preference deal?” she said.
Infrastructure Association of Queensland chief executive Steve Abson recently put politics aside in a speech at an industry event and backed the project, calling on the LNP to do the same.
“I think there’s a collective sigh of relief that the state has had the courage to fund this project in full and we’re now moving quickly beyond the detailed business case and into the implementation phase,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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