DEVELOPERS of a new $350 million 62 hectare industrial estate in Ipswich predict it will generate more than 2000 jobs.
The first major tenant at the Redbank Mwy Estate being developed by Goodman Group was officially announced yesterday.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said anchor tenant DB Schenker would use it to house its Queensland logistics business in a 31,400sqm distribution centre.
DB Schenker is a global logistics service provider employing more than 94,600 staff across 2000 sites in about 130 countries.
Cr Pisasale said the estate would also advance the completion of a road link to the Ipswich Motorway via a new overpass at Redbank.
As The QT reported earlier this month, it means the so-called bridge to nowhere will finally become a bridge to somewhere.
"This is tremendous news for our city and I congratulate Goodman Group and DB Schenker for their vote of confidence in Ipswich," the mayor said.
"Importantly, the 120 new jobs at DB Schenker's distribution centre is the beginning of ultimately creating up to 2300 jobs at Redbank Mwy Estate."
Planning and Development Committee chairman Cr Paul Tully said the site was in an area of Redbank with a long history of industrial activities and was north of the Redbank railway workshops.
"This new estate is a good fit with the Ipswich Planning Scheme and complements business and industry uses in the surrounding area," Cr Tully said.
He said the new overpass was due to be finished early next year.
Goodman general manager Jason Little said the estate had enough land for 250,000sqm of prime industrial space for a range of business uses.
"Goodman has commenced over $27 million of infrastructure and associated works, which include completion of the Redbank Link Bridge to provide direct motorway access to the recently upgraded Ipswich Mwy; construction and upgrade of over three kilometres of public industrial collector roads, and provision of services, including sewer, power and water to the Redbank peninsular," Mr Little said.
"Our focus has been to secure quality opportunities for further investment, particularly in light of the undersupply of large, serviced industrial land that is well located, with direct connections to major transport infrastructure.
"Consistent with Goodman's sustainable development approach, the new estate will also incorporate a further 18ha of parkland adjoining the estate, and is one of the first industrial estates in Queensland to be National Broadband Network approved."
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