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Woolworths distribute hub to generate 1100 jobs

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A $405 million plan for a Woolworths distribution centre is expected to generate 700 permanent jobs and supply food to 285 supermarkets.

The 86,233 sqm development proposed for Wetherill Park in Sydney’s West is also expected to provide more than 600 extra construction jobs.

The two storey facility will handle more than 4000 different fresh fruit and vegetable products.

A planner for the project says all chilled and fresh food products will be moved from facilities at Minchinbury, Arndell Park and Prospect to Wetherill Park once the centre is constructed.

“It is proposed to consolidate the operations at these three locations and the Third-party Logistics support to this one facility at Wetherill Park,” the planner says. “The net immediate benefit will be an immediate reduction in truck movements on Sydney’s broader road network via the network efficiency that we can create.”

More than 760 parking spaces are planned for the site, alongside a further 150 bicycle parking spots.

The Site represents a large portion of industrial zoned land with few and is in proximity to the classified regional road network, which is becoming increasingly difficult to acquire.

“This facility will operate on a 24 hours, seven days a week basis, however, the dominant operational hours of this facility will be between 5am and 1pm with a maximum of approximately 80-100 two-way truck movements and 100 light vehicle movements in the AM peak,” the planner adds.

The proposal is currently on exhibition through the NSW Planning Major Projects website.

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