Laing O’Rourke closes its Townsville office
GLOBAL construction giant Laing O’Rourke yesterday denied its commitment to the region had been downgraded after closing its Townsville office and axing regional staff.
The change is understood to have flowed from senior management restructuring in its Australian division where the group intends to oversee its regional projects f r om its Brisbane headquarters.
The company did not respond to questions yesterday seeking to clarify whether its Toowoomba office had also been closed and whether its Cairns office would be next to close.
‘‘ Recently the company has undergone a regional restructure which will see an increased level of focus on a wide range of Queensland opportunities, additional resources for project delivery and a more efficient output to increase service to our clients,’’ a Laing O’Rourke Australia spokesman said.
‘‘ Laing O’Rourke is absolutely committed to its operations in North Queensland.
‘‘ While the Townsville corporate office will close, Laing O’Rourke will continue to employ Townsville people who will work on projects in the Townsville market.’’
Current major projects in North Queensland include the Stockland shopping centre redevelopment and Townsville Marine Precinct development in Townsville.