Monato South Distribution Centre

 
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
The DC which has recently been built next to the rail line will this be rail connected and will SCT be involved?

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  nscaler69 Deputy Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
As far as I know, no to any rail link now or in the future.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The DC which has recently been built next to the rail line will this be rail connected and will SCT be involved?
x31
Wow!  "Recently Built" ????

The Woolworths Monarto South Distribution Centre was built somewhere around 1997 - 1999.

From what I was lead to believe Woolworths received substantial economic grants from the SA Government to locate the DC in an area that was adjacent to both a major interstate highway and the DIRN, as well as being able to provide substantial employment to people located in the Murray Bridge area.
It was "meant'" to be connected with the DIRN, but that never eventuated.


A study released in 2008 recommended an intermodal rail siding to accommodate 1800 metre trains be constructed at Monarto South.

But ............... nothing has happened (as yet!)
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
This is purely speculation on my part.    After having worked closely with Woolworths for a number of years, SCT has brought about a major rethink in Woolworths approach to using rail particularly on the East-West corridor out of Melbourne, Adelaide and Parkes.   Rail siding construction works (refer to Victorian thread) are now underway at the Wodonga Freight Hub which is Woolworths major SE Australian distribution centre.

It would not surprise me at all that as part of an overall logistics strategy given SCT's track record that it hasn't already started to look at adding this expanded terminal into the system.   The rail connection in VVitoria at Wodonga includes Government support.   Given SA Government has effectively walked away from having any rail freight policy in SA the question arises if SCT and woolworths fund this connection in their own right.   Shame on successive SA Governments
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
This might be the thread for it, as its something I've been wondering about for a while but haven't found much documentation.  How do the DCs work?  Are they both for collecting inbound produce and shipping it to another one for sub distribution as well as serving its own local network of stores? Ie, are they collection centres as well?

Re the funding, id suspect that given its ARTC track it might be an ARTC project.  If it improves the DIRN and is financially positive, its a no brainer IMO.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
This might be the thread for it, as its something I've been wondering about for a while but haven't found much documentation.  How do the DCs work?  Are they both for collecting inbound produce and shipping it to another one for sub distribution as well as serving its own local network of stores? Ie, are they collection centres as well?

Re the funding, id suspect that given its ARTC track it might be an ARTC project.  If it improves the DIRN and is financially positive, its a no brainer IMO.
james.au
A distribution centre is exactly that. Goods come in bulk shipments from suppliers, stored (in needed), then shipped out in smaller quantities to individual retail stores.
You'd also be surprised just how big an area a DC can supply.
A friend was once the SA distributer for a garden supply company, he would get a semi load (from Melbourne) delivered to his warehouse in suburban Adelaide, It would often be 'pre-palletised' as individual retail store orders. Many of the orders would be for Big W stores. And believe it or not....... Big W in Bendigo was supplied from the Monarto South DC.    Go Figure!
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Re the funding, id suspect that given its ARTC track it might be an ARTC project.  If it improves the DIRN and is financially positive, its a no brainer IMO.
james.au
The turnout connecting it to the mainline would be infrastructure owned by ARTC, but ARTC would pass on the cost of installing said connection (including modifications to signalling systems etc) to the owner of the facility being connected to the mainline.

With the advantages to the SA and Federal governments (reduced wear and tear on roads, including some of whatever the National Highway is called these days) it would be advantageous for them to contribute towards funding it. To avoid the potential problem of funding a rail freight facility and it then not being used, it would be ideal to make the government funding available as a subsidy per train to serve the facility rather than an up-front payment.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Are any plans afoot to add this to the network like Vic?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Are any plans afoot to add this to the network like Vic?
JimYarin
Simple answer ............... Nope Rolling Eyes
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Reports in Fairfax are that with the closures of 30 Big W stores that the Monarto DC is to close too....
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Reports in Fairfax are that with the closures of 30 Big W stores that the Monarto DC is to close too....
james.au
Yep, was reported on ABC radio's PM program, confirmed as closing in 2021

BG
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I thought I'd mentioned it before, or maybe it was in another thread, but speaking to someone with intimate knowledge of interstate logistics and with links to Woolworth's, I was told that if they hard to start again then Monarto South would never have been built.

Having said that it is interesting that there are plans for an intermodal site on the other side of the tracks at Monarto South and that GWA recently relinquished ownership of the grain sidings there to ARTC.
  rwatts Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide SA
I thought I'd mentioned it before, or maybe it was in another thread, but speaking to someone with intimate knowledge of interstate logistics and with links to Woolworth's, I was told that if they hard to start again then Monarto South would never have been built.

Having said that it is interesting that there are plans for an intermodal site on the other side of the tracks at Monarto South and that GWA recently relinquished ownership of the grain sidings there to ARTC.
"bingley hall"


I listened to the Woolworths analyst briefing yesterday morning and Brad Banducci was asked several questions about the two distribution centres to be closed.  From his comments about the Monarto South DC, I can believe the remark about it not being built if they had their time again.  It seemed that a lot of goods go in and out of Monarto on their way to other centres (eg Perth) when they really should go direct.

The lease of the DC is up in the next year - hence the timing of the closure - so if the intermodal plans eventuate it may increase its attractiveness to other parties. It's been interesting the other industries that have sprouted up since the freeway access went in - I've frequented the Monarto area for more than 40 years now and for most of that time the only things at Monarto South were the silos and a very small store/postal agency.

Richard
  dylan Train Controller

Location: South Australia
The Big W DC at Monarto supplies stores in SA, NT and WA.
Interestingly, the rumour up there now is that Amazon will be taking over the site.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Interestingly, the rumour up there now is that Amazon will be taking over the site.
dylan
That sounds more like the realtor faced with finding a new tenant for the facility is trying a desperate tactic to drum up some interest than a realistic possibility.

It might backfire, if it scares off a genuine potential tenant from making enquiries.

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