South-Guildford company Regal Transport, a division of Melbourne-based K&S Corp., is one of the first major businesses to purchase land.
WA’s biggest heavy haulage operator paid $13.3 million for 14.5ha along the Great Northern Highway, just south of the Bullsbrook townsite.
Executive general manager Giles Everest said the company’s 6ha facility in South Guildford was ‘bursting at the seams’.
‘We looked at getting another property in the area but we were looking at ridiculous square metre rates at $250-plus,’ he said.
‘The idea is that it is a long-term growth plan. The Bullsbrook development will be a staging point where the workshop will be for servicing all our trucks and trailers and we will continue to operate from South Guildford.
‘We will load all our trailers in South Guildford and run them to Bullsbrook, where our line-haul drivers will then take the triple road trains to the mining and construction sites in the North-West.’
Mr Everest said construction of a new workshop and operations centre at the newly acquired Bullsbrook land was due to start early next year.
Ron Farris, from selling agency Ron Farris Real Estate, said the larger industrial sites and cheaper prices of the Bullsbrook area was the catalyst for companies buying the newly zoned land.
He said three properties had sold along Great Northern Highway, with large logistics companies needing bigger hardstand areas to manoeuvre road trains.
‘The trucks can have up to four trailers behind them. It would be safer to have all the big transport trucks only having to stop in the Bullsbrook precinct and not access metropolitan roads before heading north,’ he said.
Morgan Sudlow and Associates selling agency co-owner Maurice Maroney said there was strong demand for industrial land around Bullsbrook.
‘This is a long-awaited subdivision; there’s a shortage of industrial blocks in the Midland-Welshpool area, so this is a boom for large transport operators. We have a number of properties available, ranging in size from 2.1ha up to 20ha,’ he said.
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