$30 million freight facility opens

Long-haul logistics specialist Northline today unveiled a state-of-the-art warehousing and freight distribution facility in Rosehill, the latest stage in a $60 million project to create a national network of integrated distribution centres.

NSW Small Business Minister Joe Tripodi says Northline, which services a large customer base throughout Australia, has already completed depot developments in Melbourne, Perth and Townsville with Darwin’s new facility presently coming on-line.

“Northline provides long-haul freight services from Sydney to Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Darwin, where the company has international freight forwarding facilities connecting to Asia,” Tripodi says.

“Western Sydney is an economic powerhouse with a rapidly growing economy attracting business from across Australia and the world.”

“The economy of Western Sydney was estimated at $80 billion last year, accounting for 9 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product, and 26 per cent of NSW gross state product.”

“This new purpose built facility, located the geographic centre of Sydney, comprises 20,000 square metres of warehouse space and offers drive-through undercover loading docks and dock levellers,” he says.

“I welcome this $30 million development, an important step in completing Northline’s national network, which will help build economic growth here in Western Sydney.”

Northline Chief Operating Officer Phillip Taylor says Northline is a national freight forwarding and warehousing company with 10 in-house managed depots around the country supplemented by a network of agencies.”

“This new Sydney facility is essential to meet demand – the continued expansion further shows our commitment and ability to meet our customers’ growing needs,” he says.

“With booming business growth across NSW, improved logistics facilities are imperative to continue servicing our customers, and coupled with Northline becoming an International Freight Forwarder has resulted in a facility capable of providing not only local and national supply chain solutions, but also meeting import and export requirements for many clients.”

Northline NSW State Manager Geoff Gray says strong business growth was driving demand throughout the State.

“During the past two or three years, we’ve seen a strong increase in freight levels, from both business and geographic sectors,” he says.

“Our new Sydney distribution centre gives us extra capacity, a fully integrated warehousing and freight facility housed under one roof, and the the size and flexibility to meet the requirements of most customers.”

“From Sydney, we can pick and pack it and ship it to them by road or rail. The new facility also supplies demand for Third Party Logistics warehousing, where there is a big demand because of the booming economy.”

“There’s such a shortage of quality warehousing space in Sydney that many companies can’t find anything, so the full-service store-and-forward resource that Northline offers becomes very appealing,” Gray says.

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