Cross River Rail looks like it will be a nice lit­tle earner

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL

HIGH-level jobs are be­ing ad­ver­tised for the po­lit­i­cal­ly­charged Cross River Rail project in a strong sign that the ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture ven­ture will go ahead.

Ex­pa­tri­ate Queens­lan­ders work­ing in­ter­state or over­seas are among the hun­dreds to ex- press in­ter­est in work­ing on the $5.4 bil­lion pub­lic trans­port game-changer.

Both the LNP and One Na­tion op­pose Cross River Rail, but the job ad­ver­tise­ments in­di­cate the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment will forge ahead with Cross River Rail in the face of the elec­tion.

Job de­tails were posted on­line this month, fol­lowed by a swag of roles ad­ver­tised by re­cruit­ment agency Robert Wal­ters on be­half of the Cross River Rail De­liv­ery Author­ity.

Po­si­tions ad­ver­tised in­clude 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 (pic­tured) said in­ter­est in the roles had been strong. “These new roles are a unique op­por­tu­nity to work on a land­mark in­fra­struc­ture pro- ject, the kind that Queens­land has not seen in a gen­er­a­tion,” she said.

One Na­tion’s Steve Dick­son said “Cross River Rail is dead” and the eight-minute travel time sav­ing didn’t jus­tify such a hefty price tag.

In­fra­struc­ture As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land CEO Steve Ab­son backed the project.

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