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Gates open on new Mildura depot
5 June 2017
The opening of a new purpose built depot on Benetock Avenue in Mildura has reaffirmed our long held commitment to the region.
Tim Rourke, CEO of Powercor said the company, and the SECV before that, had operated from the old Mildura Depot site on Eleventh Street since 1955.
“It was at one of our quarterly executive team visits to the depot in late 2015 where the idea of upgrading the facilities came up in discussions with the local workforce,” he said.
“They told us they were actually out growing Eleventh St to the point we were leasing several smaller sites around Mildura to manage overflow of materials.
“As a company we’re always looking at what our people need to help them deliver the safest, most effective and reliable service for our customers.
“What we heard from our workforce that day was they believed better functionality within our depot could really add to that,” Tim said.
Powercor set about establishing a small team to look at the feasibility of either leasing or building a modern site for the 50-strong workforce operating from the depot to service the region.
“We have long term investment in many regional cities across our distribution network and so it was pleasing when we looked at Mildura that it made sense for us to invest in the new depot,” Tim said.
“It was a result that offered the best outcome for our people and value for money for our customers.
“Here we are a little over a year later and through the enthusiasm of our local workforce and the great work by our local building contractors we’ve moved in to the new complex, the first purpose built site in our region since the SECV days,” he said.
“The team tell me they’re already seeing the benefit of having all our people and materials together under one roof, allowing them to provide better response times to faults and coordination for planned upgrade works.
“It’s also pleasing that we’re delivering more line maintenance, supply and asset upgrades, new connections and renewable energy projects than ever before, which is a real contribution to the economic and social development of the region,” he said.
“I think if you look at our investment in the new depot, sitting alongside the millions of dollars being spent in the region on rail system upgrades, improvements to the river front precinct and the recent announcement of new solar farms, it’s a strong indication of the confidence and growth in the local economy,” Tim said.