Industrial development in Darra motors ahead

Brisbane City Council’s City Planning Committee has today given the green light for a new industrial development in Darra, which will deliver a supersized workshop to service up to 25,550 trucks every year.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the development at 2637 Ipswich Road would service one of Queensland’s key freight routes, with an 8,800 square-metre commercial truck workshop and a 1,400 square-metre showroom.

“The ConnectWest Estate is located along one of the state’s most important transport corridors, with more than 12,000 trucks passing along the Ipswich Motorway every day,” Cr Quirk said.

“This proposal will be an excellent addition to an emerging industrial precinct that will provide an 8,800 square-metre, intensive vehicle workshop that will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and service up to 70 vehicles daily.

“The proposal also includes a 1,446 square-metre showroom and parts store as well as a 2,292 square-metre outdoor sales area that is expected to be occupied by one of the largest automotive retailers in Australia, Automotive Holdings Group.”

The facility will provide 153 staff and customer car parking spaces, with an additional 122 dedicated truck and 7 van parking spaces.

Cr Quirk said Council’s assessment of the proposal had focused on access to the site, noise and the use of the land.

“Darra is an emerging industrial hub and already provides more than 8,700 jobs for residents right across the city,” Cr Quirk said.

“Close to 10 per cent of Darra jobs are in the transport industry and this proposal is another example of businesses choosing Brisbane as their destination of choice, with a variety of industries already thriving in Darra.

“As part of Council’s assessment of this proposal, special conditions have been imposed including the retention of more than 4,000 square-metres of vegetation, noise restrictions between 10pm and 7am, as well as a requirement for workshop doors to be shut from 7pm to 7am or acoustic barriers to be installed along the carpark, outside the roller doors.

“This proposal is located only 1.3-kilometres from Darra Train Station and adjacent to a multimillion dollar upgrade along the Ipswich Motorway that will only improve accessibility to the site.

“Brisbane is a New World City and is quickly establishing itself as a great place to live, work and do business and Council is committed to supporting business and nurturing innovation to ensure a strong economy and more jobs across the city.”