Work starts on $40m high-tech Toowoomba data centre
CONSTRUCTION on a massive $40 million data centre in Toowoomba will start today.
FKG's Pulse Data Centre, which would be the first of its kind in regional Australia, will allow companies to store and distribute data at high speeds.
Gary Gardner, who developed the idea with FKG Group, said the centre would capitalise on Toowoomba's growing economic viability.
"We are seeing major international companies making significant commitments to co-location and hyperscale data centre capacity in Australia right now, which is why we are excited to be developing a data centre that meets that brief," Mr Gardner said.
"Together with our key partners, Telstra and Schneider Electric, it is great to be part of the next generation in building innovation, and creating an opportunity to attract national and global tech giants to Toowoomba.
"The likes of these companies will bring investment in infrastructure, jobs, skills, knowledge and commercial horsepower, which will help grow businesses in the area."
FKG Group worked with Telstra to deliver the project.
Telstra executive director Andrew Wildblood said it would be a major boost for the region.
"There are implications for every business because of the opportunities that stem from being able to do things differently. It's exciting to think about what's possible in terms of new productivity gains, new growth opportunities or creating the best experience for customers," he said.
"It's why this project and Telstra's additional $1.5b investment in building the networks of the future are so critical. We want to support Australian businesses to operate in a whole new way and be ready for a world with billions of connected devices."
The data centre sits on 30 hectares at Wellcamp, with immediate land access available for future expansion.
The project is expected to be finished by early 2018.