Construction of Ausgrid’s new Ourimbah Depot is nearing completion with staff and field crews currently based at Noraville and West Gosford (NSW) preparing to progressively relocate to their new headquarters.
The new depot has been in planning since 2010 and includes an administration building, a logistics satellite store and warehouse, a garage and workshop facility and a pole storage yard.
Ausgrid Chief Operating Officer Trevor Armstrong said the new headquarters was a base for about 300 Central Coast staff.
“Our Central Coast crews are building and maintaining about 19 major substations, more than 62,000 power poles and kilometres of powerlines both overhead and underground,” Mr Armstrong said.
“The new Ourimbah depot has been strategically placed next to major roads, to make it easier to deploy staff and resources wherever they are needed on the Coast, in a more efficient way.”
The new depot is on a 39,000 square metre site on Ourimbah Creek Road between the Pacific Highway and the M1.
It is a base for the emergency response crews who serve the 150,000 homes and businesses on the Central Coast during storms and wild weather events.
It was designed with a focus on energy efficiency, including rainwater tanks, energy efficient lighting and motion sensors so lighting in areas not in use will be switched off.
“These measures help ensure a comfortable environment for our staff while minimising the ongoing running costs for this facility,” Mr Armstrong said.
It is expected all staff will have relocated to the new depot by September.