The 7000sq m Enterprise Street Cleveland depot is now home to 33 Energex electricians and support staff.
The $4.6 million depot will allow Redland City-based Energex crews to operate more effectively in a larger area, Energex CEO Terry Effeney said.
“Before our Redland team moved here they ran out of multiple leased properties, whereas this new single location allows them to store more equipment, provides additional space to manoeuvre trucks and offers better indoor working areas which ultimately creates a safer and more effective workplace,” Mr Effeney said.
“This is not just important for day-to-day operations while working on the Redland City power network. It also is vital when crews are called out during severe weather and responding to emergency situations around the clock.”
Mr Effeney said the construction of the new depot was a vote of confidence from Energex in the future of Redland City.
“Of the 12 local government areas in South-East Queensland, Redland City domestic customers are fifth highest in terms of average household power consumption,” he said.
“This combined with steady local growth shows that Redland City is, and will continue to be, a busy hub for our Cleveland-based crews.”
Mr Effeney also handed two local emergency groups a surprise financial boost after the official opening. He gave Redland City State Emergency Service and Raby Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue representatives each a cheque for $1000 saying both groups of volunteers had long-standing relationships with Energex .
“Over the past five years Energex has donated more than $120,000 to Redland City emergency volunteer organisations because we’re great friends during fine weather and exceptional partners working side-by-side when Mother Nature turns nasty,” he said.