Apr 02, 2020

Construction kicks off on $5.2m Cannonvale depot

Construction kicks off on  $5.2m Cannonvale depot

Newlands Commercial Constructions is set to begin work this month on a new $5.2 million Ergon depot in the Whitsunday region.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the new development on Galbraith Park Drive in Cannonvale would replace the ageing Proserpine depot, which was badly damaged by severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie three years ago. 

“Newlands has committed to hiring local contractors for the project, which should take around eight months to complete,” he said.

The Whitsunday Coast depot will be a base for 25 staff, including apprentices.

Dr Lynham said Cannonvale was a strategic location for field crews who serve customers across the region, from Proserpine, halfway to Bowen and out to the Whitsunday Islands.

“Field crews will be based closer to densely-populated areas for the most efficient response to any unplanned outages,” he said.

Dr Lynham said the new Whitsunday Coast depot would include office space, a workshop and improved access for heavy vehicles.

Queensland’s publicly-owned electricity companies – Powerlink, Ergon Energy, 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.

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