Ireland steps down to get back to business
PROMINENT Townsvill e businessman Tony Ireland has stepped down from the board of Townsville Enterprise to concentrate on his business as it nears the pointy end of a $ 25 million expansion.
However, he hoped to return to an active role with the economic development and tourism promotion organisation in the future, reenergised and with a fresh perspective.
‘‘ I’ve been a member of Townsville Enterprise since it started and joined the board while making the bid for the V8 Supercar race, and it’s a fabulous institution,’’ Mr Ireland said. ‘‘ There have been so many projects and developments in the region which have come about because of the lobbying of Townsville Enterprise and, I suppose it’s fair to say, I’ve put some fingerprints on a few of those through my roles in the organisation.
‘‘ If you look at what’s happening in Townsville and North Queensland and projects that have moved ahead such as the Port Access Corridor, the mall redevelopment, the National Broadband Network trial and a whole range of things, Townsville Enterprise has played a role.’’
The well-known local car dealer has been working to deliver new state-of-the-art dealership premises for Holden, Isuzu trucks and Toyota industrial equipment in Garbutt as well as a new home for Russco Agencies, which has relocated into premises previously occupied by the Isuzu business in Duckworth St. The Isuzu, Toyota and Russco Agencies are trading at the new sites while the Holden dealership is scheduled to be trading at its new site in the first or second week of May.
‘‘ It’s the biggest investment we’ve made in my business career. I need to ensure that gets bedded in properly.’’
Townsville Enterprise CEO Trevor Goldstone said Mr Ireland had shown incisive leadership of the Economic Development Strategic Advisory Committee and a strong commitment to the growth and development of Townsville.