Construction of the largest parcel facility and delivery centre in the southern hemisphere is under way in Ipswich.

The $200 million Australia Post facility, which will cover an area equivalent to almost 10 football fields, is being built at Goodman’s Redbank Motorway Estate.

It means jobs for Ipswich with 500 people to be based at the new facility which will be able to process up to 700,000 parcels per day, making it Australia Post’s key delivery hub and parcel processing hub in Queensland.

Australia Post group chief operating officer Bob Black said Australian’s love affair with online shopping showed no signs of slowing.

“Australians spend $21.3 billion online last year, driving parcel volumes up, and this love affair with online shopping isn’t slowing down,” he said.

“Our $200 million investment – which includes automated processing technology and improved parcel scanning and tracking – is demonstration of our commitment to Queensland jobs and to remaining Australia’s preferred and most trusted delivery provider, and will ensure we’re well-equipped to manage future volume growth.

“If you’re sending a parcel to or from Queensland, this new Redbank facility will benefit you.

“We chose Redbank because it’s strategically located between Brisbane and Ipswich and sits at the edge of three major motorway interchanges, providing multiple access points to arterial routes.”

Australia Post is the latest in a list of major logistics companies that have chosen Redbank Motorway Estate with TNT – Fedex, DB Schenker and Northline all committed to the estate.

Goodman Australia general manger Jason Little said advancements in technology, supply chain improvements and increasing online sales were driving demand for industrial property around the world.

“Our customers want to be in close proximity to their customers and Redbank Motorway Estate’s location, combined with advanced sortation technologies, allows thousands of producers to be ordered online, picked, packed and delivered to Brisbane and the Gold Coast in half a day,” he said.

“As our customers focus on improving their delivery, online and supply chain operations, Goodman has been investing in the best located properties to assist.

“We’ve extended our existing landbank at Redbank by another 87 hectares to ensure future supply for this growing demand.”

The Australia Post facility will be developed quickly over five stages to allow operations to begin as soon as possible.

The first stage of construction, about 24,000 square metres, will be completed by the end of the year to enable sortation installation to start in January 2019. The entire project is expected to be completed by October 2019.

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Australia Post is the latest in a list of major logistics companies that have chosen Redbank Motorway Estate with TNT – Fedex, DB Schenker and Northline all committed to the estate.

Goodman Australia general manger Jason Little said advancements in technology, supply chain improvements and increasing online sales were driving demand for industrial property around the world.

“Our customers want to be in close proximity to their customers and Redbank Motorway Estate’s location, combined with advanced sortation technologies, allows thousands of producers to be ordered online, picked, packed and delivered to Brisbane and the Gold Coast in half a day,” he said.

“As our customers focus on improving their delivery, online and supply chain operations, Goodman has been investing in the best located properties to assist.

“We’ve extended our existing landbank at Redbank by another 87 hectares to ensure future supply for this growing demand.”

The Australia Post facility will be developed quickly over five stages to allow operations to begin as soon as possible.

The first stage of construction, about 24,000 square metres, will be completed by the end of the year to enable sortation installation to start in January 2019. The entire project is expected to be completed by October 2019.

Goodman general manager Queensland Daniel Brekan and Australia Post group chief operating officer Rob Black officially start construction at the Redbank site.

 

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