Today the 39-year-old is overseeing $100 million worth of projects under development throughout southeast Queensland as the boss of Velocity Property.
“It wasn’t a good time to be a young white kid trying to get a job and my family had no money so we had to find a way to get out,” Mr Ansell said.
“It was a bit of a shock because Redcliffe was pretty quiet and dead back in those days but we’re stoic people and not the sort to sit and be miserable for too long.”
Securing a job was first on Mr Ansell’s agenda although opportunities were hard to come by.
“I was declined from jobs at fish ‘n’ chip shops, Queensland Rail declined me from working in their tuckshop giving sandwiches to their staff, but I eventually got a job in a bed factory in Salisbury and I used to do that and play cricket at night so it was long days.”
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