In a move with implications for ICT infrastructure, the Queensland Government has announced a plan to move all public servants out of the Brisbane CBD, with the first relocation to be completed by 2011.
Premier Anna Bligh announced a target to decentralize metropolitan Government agencies, saving almost $200 million over 20 years. By 2017, 20 percent of the State Government’s CBD office space (and 5,600 public servants) will be moved out of the city centre. Agencies moving out of the CBD will be selected in an attempt to locate them in a hub with agencies involved in similar service delivery or specialties.
The Government will go to the market next month for 85,000 square metres of accommodation. The first stage of the move will involve relocation of the Department of Main Roads and Queensland Transport to a northern hub, in areas such as Bowen Hills, Chermside and Strathpine by 2011.
The western hub (focussed on Ipswich) will follow in 2012 involving relocation of water infrastructure and statutory authorities.
The southern hub (health and eco science including components of the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Natural Resources and Water, Mines and Energy and Health) will be established by 2013 in Buranda/Boggo Rd, Mt Gravatt and Logan.