Laing O’Rourke closes its Townsville of­fice

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor -

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.

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