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QUEENSLAND Rail’s new passenger arm is still looking for an Ipswich base but expects to have a temporary office set up by the end of the year.
As of today, Queensland Rail has been split in two, with the government set to retain all aspects of its passenger services, including the trains and tracks, which will still be called Queensland Rail.
All aspects of the current commercial operations including coal and freight services will be renamed QR National and will be privatised at the end of the year.
In December last year, Premier Anna Bligh said QR’s new passenger arm would move its headquarters and 400 jobs from Brisbane to Ipswich.
Transport Minister and Ipswich MP Rachel Nolan said the government was still looking to find a place for the headquarters, but expected up to 40 positions to be moved to a temporary office before 2011.
“It will essentially be a two-stage move, the first will happen by the end of the year. I expect that will initially be an office of 30-40 people; in the first instance that will be people who are volunteers,” she said.
While negotiations are continuing, she said it was likely the headquarters would be a foundation tenant in the new Ipswich City Square development, which is not expected to be completed for several years.
“That works for government because we want to move public service jobs to Ipswich. It also works for council and their private sector partner because the State Government is a good long-term tenant who will pay,” she said.
She said QR workers, such as staff at the Rollingstock and Component Services (RACS) workshops at Redbank, would not notice any difference when the company split today.
The passenger arm of QR is expected to launch a new-look logo today.
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