Ire­land steps down to get back to busi­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - Tony Rag­gatt

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.

Tony Ire­land

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