CONSTRUCTION has begun on a new $20m distribution centre in Townsville to quadruple
Queensland Health’s capacity to store vital medical supplies in the city.
The new North Queensland Distribution Centre facility is expected to store about 4000 pallets, which is more than four times the capacity of Townsville’s current centre.
Half of the 5000sq m facility, which will be operational by 2023, is going to be temperature controlled to store consumables with temperature or sterile storage requirements, such as intensive care consumables, personal protective equipment, sanitisers and cleaning products.
Mundingburra MP Les Walker said the site would be purpose-built to store a variety of materials to ensure it had the capacity to meet current and future demand.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Queensland Health has partnered with developer Gibb Group and local building firm Hurst Constructions to deliver the project.
“It will add to recently established regional warehouses in Far North and Central Queensland, and a new South East Queensland Distribution Centre, which is set to become operational in late 2022,” she said.
“This co-ordinated network will give Queensland Health greater capability to store, access and distribute supplies locally and throughout the state to assist in providing excellent healthcare services to Queenslanders.”