Woolworths Group says it unveiled its new state-of-the-art DC on Monday April 4 in Heathwood, which it says is the same size as three Suncorp Stadium playing fields.
The grocery multinational notes the DC is a temperature-controlled facility, is 42,000 sqms and is 20 kms outside of Brisbane CBD.
It says the DC will complement its Queensland network with its workers being able to quickly deliver chilled and frozen goods to 280 Queensland and northern NSW Woolworths stores.
Additionally, Woolies is aiming to obtain a 5 Green Star certification for sustainability. If successful, the company says it will be Woolworths Group’s first 5 Green Star-certified DC in Queensland.
It notes it created more than 200 jobs for local construction workers so the DC could be built. It says it has also created approximately 300 ongoing jobs for Queenslanders.
“The importance of a strong, responsive, and resilient supply chain has come into sharp focus during the pandemic and the most recent extreme weather events,” Brad Banducci, Woolworths Group CEO says.
“As well as strengthening our network capability, this new state-of-the-art facility is an important part of our ongoing commitment to investing in Brisbane – and across broader Queensland – to support jobs growth and help us deliver high-quality products to our customers fresher, faster and more efficiently than ever before,” Brad adds.
The DC has been partly operational since November 2021 to help the company in the lead up to Christmas.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says private sector investment in new infrastructure and jobs was crucial to rebuilding Queensland’s economy in the wake of COVID-19.
“Throughout the pandemic and again, during severe weather events this year, Queenslanders have gained a great appreciation for the important role distribution centres play in their lives,” the Premier says.
“This centre will not only create local jobs – it will grow the supply chain here in the southeast and help to ensure that Queenslanders always have access to food and other essentials,” she adds.
She says the DC cost $184 million to build and that it was no small investment.
“Having the Woolworths group choose Heathwood as the location for this brand-new hub is a vote of confidence in our community and a sign that Queensland’s economy is roaring back to life,” the Premier says.
Woolies says the DC – when at capacity – will hold and distribute more than a million cartons of chilled, frozen, and fresh meat every week.
The DC will be connected via an automated air bridge to its meat supplier, Hilton Foods Australia. Woolies says this will reduce the need for 390 trucks on Brisbane’s roads every week because delivery loads will be consolidated to its stores.
The facility features 4000 solar panels that will provide 100 per cent power for the site during peak periods, grassed areas across the grounds, provision for electric cars and trucks, and a discharge rainwater tank which captures three million litres of rainwater and gentle runoff.
Woolies says it and long-term development partner LOGOS are supporting the local ecosystem by installing native bee colonies on-site.
“Brisbane is Australia’s fastest growing capital city and the ideal location for a world-class food distribution hub servicing South East Queensland,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner says.
“Brisbane Economic Development Agency worked with Woolworths Group to accelerate the centre’s opening, which opened more doors of opportunity for our local economy,” he adds.
“This hub creates jobs, delivers a secure food supply chain and opens up supplier opportunities, which is a huge vote of confidence in Brisbane’s future.”
Woolies notes in October 2020 it unveiled a $12 million upgrade of its Townsville Regional DC. It also operates the 92,000 sqms Brisbane Regional Distribution Centre at Larapinta to sort and deliver fresh goods to stores across the state.
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