THE new 15,000 square metre $46 million Bunnings Warehouse at West Ipswich will provide 210 jobs after it opens early next year.
Mayor Paul Pisasale yesterday joined Bunnings chief operating officer Peter Davis for the official site launch on the corner of Brisbane and Clay Sts.
With ADCO Constructions appointed as the builder and 390 jobs during construction, Mr Davis said Bunnings was looking forward to opening the store.
Earthworks involve removing 50,000 cubic metres of soil with 10,000 as fill on the lower part of the site and the rest taken away.
"Completion of the project is on track to see the store open in early 2014," Mr Davis said.
"Bunnings will invest more than $46 million in the development of the over two hectare West Ipswich site and we are looking forward to getting the new Warehouse ready to service the local community.
"More than 200 new jobs will be created in the West Ipswich community.
"Residents of West Ipswich and surrounding districts will enjoy more than 15,000sq m of home improvement and outdoor living products at the lowest prices in the new Warehouse.
"It will house kitchen, laundry and bathroom displays, as well as a nursery and an outdoor leisure display. Customers will also benefit from a tool shop, the widest range of barbecues and outdoor settings, plus other features including a café and special orders desk as well as great facilities for builders and tradies."
Mayor Pisasale welcomed the jobs and investment that would be created through Bunnings' new West Ipswich warehouse.
"Ipswich's population is predicted to more than double in the next 20 years. Bunnings will be well-positioned to service this growth from the new West Ipswich warehouse and it will also boost the revitalisation of nearby Ipswich Central," he said.
"Recently council launched a local government first with a new online web portal Building Industry Online which links major construction projects with local contractors seeking to secure work on large scale projects.
"I congratulate Bunnings and their building contractor ADCO for joining with us to support the local building industry through the Ipswich Building Industry Online website at http://www.bioipswich.com.au."
Bunnings Warehouse West Ipswich will include a main warehouse, indoor timber trade sales area and outdoor nursery, as well as a café and kids playground and parking for more than 375 cars.
Bunnings said that in line with its commitment to sustainability, the project would implement energy and water saving design features including energy efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting tanks.
Inner-city councillor Andrew Antoniolli said it was "great to see this area activated".
"It's in line with what this West Ipswich precinct has become and it will support the Home HQ down the road," Cr Antoniolli said.
"This part of the CBD is really starting to show its potential."