Woolworths unveils $184m Heathwood Distribution Centre

Woolworths has unveiled its new $184m Heathwood Distribution Centre to service 280 Qld and Northern NSW Woolworths store.

The centre, located 20km south west of Brisbane’s CBD, is 42,000 sqm in size and will create over 200 local jobs during construction and approximately 300 ongoing jobs for Queenslanders.

Brad Banducci, CEO of Woolworths Group, said the importance of a strong, responsive, and resilient supply chain has come into focus during the pandemic and recent extreme weather events.

“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 Qld – to support jobs growth and help us deliver high-quality products to our customers fresher, faster and more efficiently than ever before.” 

The building, featuring 4000 solar panels that will provide 100 per cent power for the site during peak periods, is aiming to achieve a 5 Star Green Star certification for sustainability, which, if successful, will be Woolworth’s first 5 Green star certified distribution centre in Qld.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier, said private sector investment in new infrastructure was critical to rebuilding Qld’s economy in the wake of Covid.

“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.

“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.” 

Other sustainability measures included at the site by Woolworths and development partner LOGOS is the installation of a native bee colony that will be located on the border of neighbouring bushland and cared for by a local beekeeper, contributing to the biodiversity in the area.

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