Toll Logistics Opens $86M Queensland Freight Facility
Australia’s largest mover of freight, Toll Group, has opened the doors to its new $86 million facility, the largest pallets and oversize freight depot the company operates anywhere in the world.
The Premier of Queensland, the Hon. Campbell Newman MP, joined Toll Group Divisional Director Mal Grimmond to officially open the new facility today in Karawatha in Brisbane’s south.
The 43,600 square metre facility, custom-built for Toll on a 13-hectare site is the new national head office and depot for leading road transport business, Toll NQX, and also houses Toll’s dedicated fleet services and contract logistics businesses.
Premier Newman said the multi-million-dollar investment underlines economic confidence in the state.
“We are unashamedly pro-growth and pro-jobs for Queensland and we’re creating an environment where businesses can prosper,” Mr Newman said.
“We have a strong vision for Queensland and we will stick to our plan to ensure this state is the best in the country to do business in.”
While the new depot is more efficient and provides all sorts of benefits to employees and customers, the safety of the facility was a key feature in its design.
“The new depot has been designed to provide the absolute safest working environment for our people, which is essential in a labour-intensive industry such as transport and logistics,” Grimmond said.
“We’ve purposely limited the interactions between pedestrians and forklifts as much as possible, and our unprecedented 2,000 square metre dedicated heavy vehicle workshop highlights the importance Toll places on the safety of its truck fleet, the safety of the people who drive them, and the safety of the communities they drive through.
“It is Toll’s willingness and ability to invest in facilities like this that makes it the industry leader in safety.
“As the largest transport company in Australia, we also have a role to play in helping educate people to share the road more safely, and we take this responsibility extremely seriously.”
The suburb of Karawatha, 22 kilometres south of Brisbane’s CBD, with its immediate access to all major arterial routes throughout southeast Queensland was an ideal location to allow Toll to service its diverse range of customers.
Grimmond thanked the Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads, Brisbane City Council, Logan City Council, developer The GPT Group, architects Arqus, planners RPS, builders FDC Construction, security system provider Visium for their hard work in helping develop this landmark facility.