Innovative design creates efficiency at new Council depot

Toowoomba Regional Council’s new depot stores at Charlton now include state-of-the-art storage solutions and greater efficiency, thanks to Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise member, Dexion Acacia Ridge.

The innovative solutions from Dexion Acacia Ridge will now allow greater efficiencies of space and handling, including the installation of a Queensland Council first with the vertical lift modules, which not only maximise the capacity of the store floor space but also speed of retrieval in ‘picking’ orders.

Dexion Acacia Ridge Sales Manager, Bryan Goodall, said the company installed a mixture of storage systems, providing efficient use of space, delivering maximum storage capacity, and most importantly, a safe working environment.

“We created zones to ensure safety between staff and machinery at all times.”

“We were able to make use of the height of the facility and install vertical lift modules, with these customised motorised units are expected to provide huge efficiency benefits in space saving, picking speed, accuracy and safety to all staff,” said Mr Goodall.

The warehouse was one of six buildings on the Charlton site that were fitted out with storage solutions by Dexion Acacia Ridge.

“Each building had different storage requirements that we were able to meet with bespoke solutions, adapting to the size and location of the facilities and storing products ranging from long lengths of pipe, cable drums, pallets, signs down to individual nuts and bolts,” said Mr Goodall.

Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Committee Portfolio Chair, James O’Shea, said the myriad of racking and shelf storage systems will accommodate the many and varied stock.

“Dexion Acacia Ridge has provided an excellent product, expert design assistance, and their professional team has engaged in open and honest communication, which ultimately has provided Council with an innovative, state-of-the-art, co-ordinated and well-functioning storage facility,” said Mr O’Shea.

The depot includes a central operations building, three workshops, a central store, nursery and the Toowoomba Group State Emergency Service (SES) Headquarters.

Around 500 staff from the Oakey and Harristown depots and the Toowoomba Nursery will relocate to the depot in a staged approach from June to December 2020.

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