Malec moves into Port of Brisbane

Malec's fleet of Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks.

Australian-owned, multi-state transport company, Malec, has moved into its new container storage and logistics facility on Fisherman Islands.

The 4.35ha site is obtained under a 10-year lease agreement with Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL).

Established as small courier business in Geelong by Matthew and Joanna Malec in 1997, Malec today employs more than 300 people around Australia.

The fleet of more than 400 trucks and trailers is purpose built or modified to lift, load and carry in a range of applications from 20-ft or 40-ft containers, or 40 tonnes of logs, to pallets and loose boxes of tiles.

Delivered by Principal Contractor, FKG, the new facility comprises a 750sqm workshop, 300sqm office, 38,200sqm of hardstand and a washbay as well as 60kW rooftop solar, recycled water to the washbay, stormwater collection and energy efficient fittings.

The development also included approximately 11,300m3 of concrete from Boral’s Envirocrete range, which uses less Portland cement.

As a result, it reduced the project’s overall environmental impact during the manufacturing and construction phase – a key sustainability benefit on projects with large concrete hardstand areas.

The new facility was delivered on a repurposed brownfield site.

As part of the works and in line with PBPL’s sustainability priorities, a substantial amount of demolition material from the existing site was sent for recycling or reuse to minimise waste including four hectares of chip-seal pavement reused on haul roads at the Port’s reclamation area; and 200 steel columns sent for recycling and the concrete footings sent for crushing into aggregates for reuse.

Construction commenced in October 2022 and was completed in June 2023.

PBPL Chief Commercial Officer, David Keir, welcomed Malec to its new home and said the location would support the business to achieve significant operational benefits.

“Malec first came to Port of Brisbane during a phase of significant growth and transition for the company. We worked to secure them a temporary site, while our teams worked together to design and deliver a purpose-built permanent home that’s close to the action of the Port’s quayline and terminals,” said Mr Keir.

“We continue to see strong trade growth through the Port, including a record 1.53 million twenty-foot equivalents (TEUs) in FY22. As Port of Brisbane continues to grow, so too do opportunities for our customers such as Malec.”

Managing Director, Matthew Malec, thanked the Port of Brisbane, and everyone involved with bringing the project to fruition.

“This development is a testament to our ambitions and commitment to offer best-in-class facilities for our staff, customers and community,” he said.

“This is the first of many projects we’ve got in the pipeline across the country to align with our goal of leading the way for safety, service, and sustainability in the port transport logistics industry. Finally, we are growing our team and will have more announcements coming soon.”

Port of Brisbane is Australia’s third largest multi-cargo port.

A 2022 report by Deloitte Access Economics found that in FY22, Port of Brisbane and its supply chain contributed approximately $7.8 billion to the Queensland economy and supported almost 63,000 jobs.

Over time, the Port of Brisbane’s economic contribution to Queensland will continue to grow.

The DAE report found that by 2032, the Port and its supply chain could contribute $9.9 billion in economic value added and support 80,200 jobs.

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