Bluescope Steel jetsprints to Fallon Street

BLUESCOPE Steel is planning to relocate to a $4.1 million warehouse on part of the site previously used for jetsprint boat racing near Albury Airport.

The development application for the project has been lodged with Albury Council by the appointed builder, Travis Barker.

BlueScope Distribution is located at the corner of Wagga Road and Catherine Crescent.

The industrial warehouse and distribution centre expansion in Fallon Street will occupy 2.5 hectares of the 17-hectare site bought by Bull and Box Engineering directors Adam Hurst and Andrew Kaye from the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation in 2010.

Jetsprint boat racing was held at the site for 15 years until 2008.

The distribution centre will be a “key link” in BlueScope Distributions’ operations in south-east Australia.

It will operate primarily Monday to Saturday between 6am to 8pm, but the proponents have sought approval to be a 24-hour, seven-day operation.

The application also proposes the warehouse to have 12 to 16 office administration staff and another six to 10 employed in warehousing.

It will include on-site parking, subject to further council approval.

But it is envisaged public and most staff car parking will enter and exit the site via a separate drive to B-double trucks.

The 2.5 hectares was used for car parking for the jetsprint boat events and is currently used for stock grazing.

Due to the warehouse’s proximity to the airport, it will be designed to comply with height limitations and reflective materials, and during the construction period notification will be given when cranes are in operation.

The proposed development will cover the total area of the site, which will require the removal of about 16 trees.

But they will be replaced by 17 large trees at the front of the factory when it is completed.

Mr Baker said construction could start in November, with anticipated completion in July next year.

The warehouse will be used for the storage and distribution of steel products and not manufacturing.