17/09/2021 - 10:15

PS Structures to build $82m Aust Post centre

17/09/2021 - 10:15

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Australia Post has confirmed PS Structures as lead contractor to build its new parcel centre in Welshpool, which is expected to speed up delivery times amid an online shopping surge.

A rendition of Australia Post's new parcel centre, to be built in Welshpool. Image: Australia Post

Australia Post has confirmed PS Structures as lead contractor to build its new parcel centre in Welshpool, which is expected to speed up delivery times amid an online shopping surge.

The $82 million facility will have the capacity to process 14,000 parcels each hour. It is being built near Australia Post's existing parcel centre and is expected to be up and running before Christmas next year.

Balcatta-based PS Structures has been confirmed as head contractor for the project.

Australia Post acting chief executive Rodney Boys said the centre – which will be bigger than Optus Stadium – was intended to keep up with strong demand driven by online shopping.

He noted Western Australia’s online shopping had grown 22.6 per cent in the year to August 31.

“The high-speed sorting machinery and automation at this new facility will allow parcels to be processed faster and provide our customers with increased tracking visibility thanks to more scanning events, and will also be safer for our people by significantly reducing manual handling,” Mr Boys said.

WA boss Angus Becsi said Australia Post was working to improve its delivery services despite continued pandemic challenges.

“Impacts in other states do have a flow-on effect with our operations, so we know we need to keep investing in Western Australia to meet our customers’ needs and help us to deliver as efficiently as possible,” Mr Becsi said.

Australia Post also plans to build a new delivery centre in Butler before October next year to replace the existing Clarkson facility. It will also add about 200 electric vehicles to its fleet this year to assist with the busy Christmas period.

The organisation said it had invested $450 million in 2020 to improve its delivery services, electric vehicles, and processing facilities.

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