Energex is expecting work to soon begin on the $32.5 million redevelopment of its Greenslopes depot, creating a boost for construction jobs.
Queensland Energy Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said Queensland-based builder Alder Constructions would be on site in May 2020 to build 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,” Dr Lynham said.
“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,” Mr Kelly said.
The 5000 square metre office building on Barnsdale Place at Greenslopes replaces the existing building built in the 1970s.
Construction work on the new project is expected to be complete by mid-2021.
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.
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.