Boral relocation an opportunity for Launceston

Published on 14 July 2017

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Boral and the City of Launceston are pleased to announce that Boral will begin construction for the planned relocation of its Lindsay Street facility in late July, with the new plant fully operational by February 2018.

A tender for the construction of a new batching plant facility and offices in Gleadow Street has been awarded to Vos Construction and Joinery, after planning applications for the new plant were approved by the City of Launceston in 2014.

The City of Launceston compulsorily acquired the Lindsay Street site in 2008 as part of the $58m flood levee reconstruction project.

 

 

 

The site included the Boral Launceston Concrete Plant, as well as the company's State Office, Laboratory and Transport Depot.

Boral and the City of Launceston inspected numerous sites before identifying the Gleadow Street site, while also working through the complexities of the Land Acquisition Act and its processes.

Boral Tasmania General Manager Gary Chapman said Boral was looking forward to starting the construction process.

"We understand how important the flood levee reconstruction project is for Launceston and we're delighted to now be in a position to announce details of the relocation," Mr Chapman said.

"We have been working constructively with Council to achieve a sustainable outcome and we are looking forward to maintaining our head office, laboratory and batching plant facilities in Launceston.

"Boral is obviously committed to Launceston and a contemporary purpose-built batching plant, laboratory and office facilities is something that is going to allow us to continue to provide high quality construction products into the Northern region."

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said that while the relocation process had taken many years, the circumstances were unique.

"This is major endeavour involving a business which employs Launceston residents, provides services and products to the Northern Tasmanian construction industry, and which is demonstrably committed to our city," Mayor van Zetten said.

"We have not previously seen compulsory land acquisitions of this type, for a flood protection reconstruction project by a local government authority in Tasmania. So we have been blazing the trail in this regard, and it has undoubtedly been a lengthy process.

"That is in part because neither Boral nor the Council have been seeking quick fixes; rather we've been trying to deliver the best possible outcomes for the city and its ratepayers, and for Boral and its workforce.

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"There have been many challenges involved; working through the requirements of the Land

Acquisition Act meant that the Council was a participant in a process and not in control of that

process.

"Finding a suitable relocation site was probably the biggest challenge we had to face.

"Both of these things have taken time, but we believe the outcome we've achieved is a good one.

"Work is now gearing up for a major redevelopment of the North Bank area, and the relocation of

Boral is necessary to allow us to complete this work, as well as to ensure our flood levee system is

capable of withstanding a 1-in-200 year flood.

"The Council lobbied and secured contributions from the State and Federal Government which

together with the Council's funds has provided for the reconstruction of the city's flood levees and

the associated property acquisition process this work necessitated.

"Acquisitions are independently assessed and ultimately approved by the Valuer-General. We

have successfully concluded a number of acquisitions since 2008, and Boral is the last one on the

books.

"The relocation of the Boral plant is an exciting development for the city, and I'm sure it will also be

a positive move for Boral and its employees.

"The work undertaken by the City of Launceston in recent years to open up the riverfront areas to

the city will continue, and we believe the North Bank redevelopment is a very exciting one for our

city and its young people."