Australia Post opens new Ballarat facility

Australia Post has just opened its new parcel delivery centre in Ballarat, deepening its long-term investment into the key regional hub.

The modern 13,024 square-metre centre, built to accomodate parcel volume growth in the region, will improve turnaround times and help process more than 8,000 parcels a day – and up to 20,000 during peak periods like Christmas.

According to Australia Post, the new parcel delivery centre has also been built with future expansion in mind.

The Ballarat centre will introduce the latest in automated parcel sortation technology, which will be installed early next year.

This new sorter will reportedly have the ability to sort a further 3,000 parcels per hours, boosting the site’s overall capacity.

The automation will also reduce manual handling and improve safety for team members.

Australia Post Executive General Manager Network Operations, Rod Barnes, said the multi-million-dollar investment into Ballarat and its surroundings reflects Australia Post’s commitment to improving services for the community.

“As one of Victoria’s biggest regional cities, we’ve seen parcel delivery volumes increase by 80 per cent over the past three years, with data indicating that four in five Ballarat households are now shopping online,” he said.

“We expect this trend to continue, as the needs of local and other eCommerce businesses grow.

“Our new centre will enable faster parcel processing and turnaround times, getting deliveries to customers’ doors sooner.”

Replacing two former temporary delivery centres at Bakery Hill and Wendouree, the larger, consolidated centre provides Australia Post team members with indoor space to load their vans and get parcels efficiently on the road to customers.

Minister for Infrastructure and Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, who officially opened the new parcel deliver centre today, said Australia Post’s latest investment was a vote of confidence in the future of Australia Post in regional Victoria.

“Australia Post and its hardworking staff have been at the heart of the Ballarat community since our first Post Office opened in a tent in Golden Point way back in 1851,” she said.

“This investment will give local Ballarat workers the facilities they deserve, as well as helping ensure our parcels and letters arrive safely and on time.”

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