Per­fect lo­ca­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL

MAX Em­ploy­ment Townsville be­gins op­er­at­ing from a new lo­ca­tion in the city to­day, in time for the new fi­nan­cial year.

Based on Flin­ders St for more than nine years, the busi­ness is now leas­ing a ground floor of­fice in new premises at Walker House, 122 Walker St, op­po­site the Townsville City Coun­cil cham­bers.

The six- storey Walker House of­fice tower re­cently un­der­went ma­jor up­grades.

The five- year lease over the 283sq m ground floor of­fice ten­ancy was ne­go­ti­ated by Col­liers In­ter­na­tional agents Kim Ad­di­son and James Pas­coe.

“MAX Em­ploy­ment had a lease near­ing ex­piry and de­cided to take ad­van­tage of cur­rent soft mar­ket con­di­tions to up­grade their of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion,” Ms Ad­di­son said.

“Walker House pro­vided the ground- floor ex­po­sure they were seek­ing in ad­di­tion to be­ing a re­fur­bished, con­tem­po­rary en­vi­ron­ment with lots of park­ing. This lo­ca­tion suits the ten­ant well with im­me­di­ate ac­cess to public trans­port and prox­im­ity to busi­ness and staff amenity.”

MAX Em­ploy­ment is a na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides em­ploy­ment ser­vices on be­half of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment. Re­gional man­ager Kate Wright said the new of­fice came just in time to ful­fil the busi­ness’s new­est role. “To­day, the MAX Em­ploy­ment Townsville site will be­gin de­liv­er­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s five- year jobac­tive con­tract, as­sist­ing Townsville job seek­ers’ tran­si­tion from wel­fare to work,” Ms Wright said.

“The team is thrilled to be mov­ing to Walker House.

“The new space will help us ac­com­mo­date more job seek­ers and al­low for us to ex­pand over the five years that we will be de­liv­er­ing this ser­vice.

“Us­ing an in­te­grated ap­proach, we ad­dress bar­ri­ers job seek­ers may have to em­ploy­ment and pro­vide rel­e­vant health and train­ing in­ter­ven­tions. We also work with em­ploy­ers to find and re­cruit the right can­di­date.

“Walker House was recog­nised as a suit­able lo­ca­tion for our re­quire­ments as we needed an easily ac­ces­si­ble and iden­ti­fi­able build­ing.

“The of­fice needed to ac­com­mo­date our 12 staff and the 1400 job seek­ers we ser­vice, in­clud­ing our 126 Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Ser­vice par­tic­i­pants, as well as a cen­tral lo­ca­tion for Townsville lo­cals.

“We’re closer to public trans­port now as well, which will make ac­cess­ing our build­ing eas­ier for both staff and par­tic­i­pants.

“Walker House will al­low us to stay in the same lo­ca­tion and con­tinue to grow and adapt to the chang­ing needs of the Townsville com­mu­nity.”

Pic­ture: SHAE BE­PLATE

RE­FUR­BISHED: Col­liers ex­ec­u­tive Kim Ad­di­son and Max Em­ploy­ment re­gional man­ager Kate Wright at 122 Walker St.

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