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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Woolies’ $100m Qld investment great for local jobs: Premier

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Monday, May 11, 2015

    Woolies’ $100m Qld investment great for local jobs: Premier

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed a $100 million investment in Queensland from Woolworths Limited (Woolworths), which will create more than 2,000 construction and retail jobs.

    Ms Palaszczuk today joined Treasurer Curtis Pitt for a preview tour of Woolworths’ latest supermarket, at the Everton Park Retail and Home Improvement Centre, ahead of its official opening on Tuesday evening.

    “This $50 million facility won’t just be a cornerstone of the local community, it will be a jobs-generator for years to come,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “There were 1,000 direct and indirect construction jobs associated with this project, plus 600 ongoing local retail job opportunities going forward.

    “That’s why I want to congratulate Woolworths for announcing a further $100 million investment in Queensland, creating an additional 2,000 jobs.

    “It shows a genuine willingness to work with Queenslanders to create a stronger economy.”

    Mr Pitt said Woolworths’ investment demonstrates economic confidence in Queensland.

    “Last week in the Parliament I spoke about the latest merchandise exports data that showed a 10.8% increase in Queensland over the same period last year,” Mr Pitt said.

    “We also know that Queensland led every other mainland state in retail trade growth over the March quarter.

    “And with announcements like those from Woolworths today, there can be no doubt that our economy is performing and confidence is strong.

    “It’s a great pleasure to be here with the Premier and the team from Woolworths, not only to tour this facility but to recognise a massive investment that will drive jobs growth.”

    Michael Batycki, General Manager (QLD Operations), said Woolworths’ investment would bring Australia’s most modern supermarkets and retail stores to more Queenslanders.

    “We look forward to working with the Queensland Government, and communities right across the state, as we roll out our new stores and grow our workforce,” Mr Batycki said.

    Woolworths Limited employs more than 40,000 Queenslanders, including more than 16,500 young Queenslanders under the age of 25.