A few weeks ago, Queensland Premier Palaszczuk and Adani’s Australian head, Jeyakumar Janakaraj opened the company’s new Regional Headquarters in Townsville. It was announced that “Townsville will benefit from about 500 jobs in Adani’s regional headquarters and about half of those should happen within weeks”. “Within weeks” can mean anything, I guess but the obvious interpretation is that things ought to be happening about now.
If so, it’s hard to detect from afar.
Update A Townsville reader informs me that Adani’s sign is still adorning its new HQ, though it’s unclear whether there’s anything more than a sign. Also, Adani has reannounced a jobs portal that has been up on its website since January.
A little digging produced this intriguing story. The building in question is called River Quays, but widely known as the Telstra building, since it houses a large Telstra call centre and (at least until recently) sported prominent Telstra signage.
Apparently, Adani hired contractors to put up their own sign at the new building, a week before the opening, then told the Townsville Bulletin it had been erected prematurely and would be taken down.
It’s unclear whether or not this has happened. Google suggests that, in addition to Telstra’s call centre, there’s a lot of office space for lease. None of the ads mention Adani’s presence. Inquiries among my limited contacts produced different accounts of whether Adani has in fact leased space in the building.
So, if any Townsville-based readers want to check whether Adani’s sign is still up, and whether staff are being hired, I’d be very interested to find out.