Queensland is now home to one of the largest freight handling facilities in Australia.
Premier Campbell Newman officially opened the $86 million Toll Group freight facility on Brisbane’s south side this morning.
Mr Newman said that around 500 staff would now call the facility home, which is approximately the size of two Suncorp Stadiums.
“It’s fantastic to welcome Toll’s investment and confidence into Queensland’s economy,” Mr Newman said.
“My Government is working hard to drive investment, growth in our economy and jobs for Queenslanders.
“This new facility for Toll will be the largest in its world-wide operations and it’s encouraging they decided to open it in Queensland, the best place to live and work.
“We hope Toll will continue to grow in years to come and employ more hard working Queenslanders.”
All three of leading road transport provider Toll NQX’s current Brisbane-based offices have been consolidated into the new office which employed around 1500 local workers during construction.
Toll Group Divisional Director Mal Grimmond said while the new depot was more efficient and provided 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 such a labour-intensive industry such as transport and logistics,” Mr Grimmond said.
“It is Toll’s willingness and ability to invest in facilities like this that makes it the industry leader in safety.”
“We’re hoping other businesses around the country will follow Toll’s lead in investing in a State that encourages growth and is ultimately the best state in the country to do business in,” he said.
“Queensland is very much open for business and today’s announcement is a testament to this.”