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200 South Australian jobs will be created with the construction of SA Health’s new $30 million Distribution Centre at Gepps Cross.

Premier Steven Marshall said the new state-of-the-art Distribution Centre will double the size of the current facility in Camden Park.

“The State Government is committed to investing in local jobs to support local projects that ultimately benefit South Australians, in what is a difficult time as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic,” said the Premier.

“This project will not only create jobs, but engage local suppliers and stimulate the economy more broadly.

“Through this new warehouse, we are investing in state-of-the art infrastructure to complement the world-class healthcare we have in South Australia.

“We are in a world-leading position when it comes to combatting COVID-19, and it is investments like this will ensure we maintain that position.

The new warehouse will provide more than 11,000 square metres of storage space for consumable goods, items and material to support the State’s public hospitals and health services.

A consortium of local investors are financing $24 million of the development with the South Australian Government providing $6 million.

Local company Pike Constructions have been contracted to complete the facility by early 2021.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade said, unlike the current warehouse, the new Distribution Centre will be semi-automated with a robotic goods-to-person shuttle system from Dematic being installed.

“The current pandemic has reinforced just how important logistics are to the health and wellbeing of our entire community,” said the Minister.

“Once constructed, the warehouse will contain a $6 million semi-automated system to reduce double-handling and improve the overall efficiency of SA Health’s supply chain into our hospitals.

“The new distribution centre is future-proofed with more space set aside for potential health needs, with additional space already being allocated for locally made Personal Protective Equipment.

“This new facility at Gepps Cross will be a vital supply hub for the State’s entire health so we can respond to whatever challenges come our way.”

The warehouse is co-located in close proximity to other warehouses and SA Health suppliers.
The new build will include the installation of an Incident Level 4 Generator, designed to withstand a once in 500-year seismic event.

Construction of the facility is expected to be complete early 2021. Final fit out will commence shortly after, with the facility in use by mid-year.

Originally published on the Premier of South Australia’s website: SA Health distribution centre to double in size - boosting local jobs