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Works start on $32.5M Greenslopes depot redevelopment

A contractor has been selected and works are set to begin on a $5.2 million energy depot in Whitsunday, Queensland.

Construction is set to begin on the $32.5 million redevelopment of Energex’s Greenslopes depot later this month, creating dozens of construction jobs.

The 5000-square-metre office building will replace the existing building, which was built in the 1970s.

Once completed the new site will increase light vehicle parking to 130, cater for nearly 80 response vehicles and work seamlessly with the existing 3000 square metre warehouse.

Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said Queensland-based builder Alder Constructions would be on site in May building a new workplace for more than 200 Energex field, design and project staff.

“Energex crews also need to respond to emergencies such as car accidents and property fires to help make the scene electrical safe for emergency workers,” he said.

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“The building will house existing staff from the Greenslopes depot, as well as additional Energex staff from other Brisbane locations.

“This includes 100 field and rapid response crews to deploy around the clock, whether it’s for power issues after storms or to assist at emergency scenes.

Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly said construction would provide dozens of tradespeople jobs throughout the life of the project.

“With more construction in the area and additional Energex staff based in Greenslopes there’s no doubt local businesses will also benefit from additional people working nearby,” he said.

Construction work on the new project is expected to be complete by mid-2021.

Queensland’s publicly-owned electricity companies – Powerlink, Ergon, Energex, CS Energy, Stanwell Corp and CleanCo, will invest more than $2.2 billion on capital works in 2019-20, supporting up to 4900 jobs.

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