Electrolux Group Australia and New Zealand has celebrated the start of construction of a new 23,000 square metre distribution centre at the Port of Brisbane with the ceremonial turning of the first sod of soil last week.

Electrolux Group Australia and New Zealand managing director, Kurt Hegvold joined representatives from the Port of Brisbane, principal contractors, McNab and others, signalling the addition of another 6-Green Star energy rated facility, following the opening of the Ravenhall facility in Melbourne.

“Following the successful delivery of our Victorian distribution centre at Ravenhall, we’re enormously excited to begin the first stage of construction on this exciting development,” Hegvold said.

The entire team who attended the event.

“It signifies a long-term commitment by the Electrolux Group in ensuring our operations in Queensland continue to deliver outstanding service to our customers and amazing experiences for our consumers and employees.

“We’re thrilled that the Port of Brisbane share in our sustainability ambitions and are committed to helping us deliver on our sustainability commitment into the future with this incredible facility.”

Local elder Matty Burns opened the event with a welcome to country followed by a traditional smoking ceremony. Attendees were invited to walk through the smoke to assist in cleansing the area and warding off bad spirits from the people and the land.

Joining Hegvold for the official duties were McNab construction manager, Ryan Tunney and Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd CEO, Neil Stephens.

A forecast completion date is scheduled for October 2024.

Feature image: Ryan Tunney (McNab), Kurt Hegvold (Electrolux Group) & Neil Stephens (Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd).