Woolworths to expand Warnervale warehouse

Photomontage of the proposed expansion at Woolworths warehouse at Warnervale

Plans for a major expansion of the Woolworths warehouse and regional distribution centre at Warnervale are now on public exhibition for community feedback.

The proposed $67.6M alterations and additions to the existing centre at 11 Warren Rd will add an extra 27,767sqm of warehouse storage.

There will be extra storage and office space, a return transfer facility, 13 new banana ripening rooms, and refurbishment of the canteen, locker rooms and amenities.

Plans include an upgrade of the existing service entry to create an express entry for trucks. Vehicle access will continue via Warren Rd with provision for additional entry movements from Woolworths Way.

The existing hardstand areas are to be expanded for a truck refuelling and maintenance/wash facility, with two new weighbridges and extra on-site truck parking.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) says the existing centre, built in 2005, is outdated and needs an upgrade in technology, and increased capacity to handle more product lines and provide faster deliveries to Woolworths supermarkets.

There will be another 30 full-time operational jobs as well as 100 construction jobs during the building stage.

The application, environmental impact statement and accompanying documents related to this State Significant Development (SSD-33701741) can be viewed online at www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects

Submissions will be received until Thursday, June 16.

Sue Murray