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Airport freight centre proves popular

WESTRALIA Airports Corporation’s new International Freight Centre has been taken up by national companies eager to have a presence near the airport.

Australia Post, Liquorspot and WDM International have secured 9,500 square metres of space.

The centre, being built near the International Terminal, is scheduled for completion later this year.

According to the WAC, the $8 million development would provide cost savings for tenants, as it was on airport land, and would generate new revenue for WAC.

“We have achieved 80 per cent lease pre-commitments for stage one of the 11,500 square metre development, which will greatly expand our critical infrastructure,” WAC’s director of property and development Andrew Whiteside said.

“We are extremely confident of leasing the balance of the space and feel it is important to have some surplus space available for the market.

“The two building developments will be known as the International Freight Centre, and is specifically designed to meet the varying needs of the air freight community.”

The centre forms part of a new $750 million master plan which is expected to promote a further $500 million investment in the area by businesses.

The airport has about 750 hectares of leasehold land which is expected to be developed over the next decade.

Mr Whiteside said infrastructure was being provided to service a 1.5-hectare airside site available after international cargo terminal operations.

He said WAC had set itself a tight building timetable to have one tenant, Liquorspot, which is a wine and liquor distribution, storage and electronic commerce operator, on site and operational by November.

“The other two tenants are Australia Post, which will locate its international postal facilities in these buildings and new WA air freight company WDM International, which will be trading in the new facilities early in the new year,” he said.

“The development is the cornerstone of an integrated freight park, designed and located on airport land to ensure that existing and future tenants benefit from this key advantage.

“Another major advantage is the ability to tranship and transfer cargo on internal non-public access roads.”

Mr Whiteside said the development of Perth Airport was largely based on airports around the world.

“We have developed the facility with the best design and logistic planning available, incorporating experiences learned from eastern states airports, as well as recognised leaders at Singapore and Kuala Lumpur’s international airport,” he said.

“We are committed to attracting off-airport business and bringing them back into the airport estate allowing the freight community to thrive in a managed environment, as well as encourage businesses to integrate with others as part of the Freight Park Village.”

Australia Post state communications manager Ian Leggoe said the organisation was moving its operations from the Perth Mail Centre in Boud Avenue.

“The move will provide a gateway and processing receipt and dispatch facilities for international mail, parcel and fulfilment services,” Mr Leggoe said.

“The development will enhance Post’s ability to provide international fulfilment solutions and associated freight and logistics services.”

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