Tweed Valley business hub stays high and dry
By PETER CATON
MURWILLUMBAH'S newest industrial estate Industry Central has remained "high and dry" despite flash flooding and evacuations around the Tweed last week.
The 50-hectare business epicentre planned by Gold Coast developer Peter Mitchell was one of the few parts of Murwillumbah that remained accessible during the wild weather.
Mr Mitchell, who is managing director of development company Tweed Central, said the cyclonic weather was an enormous test for the new development. "Industry Central has been strategically located in a position that is not affected by heavy downpours and remains accessible in harsh weather conditions," he said.
"On paper we knew we would have no problems, so it was great to see everything run according to plan.
"I think what this shows people is how great and viable an option Industry Central is for business," Mr Mitchell said.
Industry Central will feature allotments from 1700sqm to 50,000sqm and custom-designed buildings perfect for warehousing, distribution and service industries.
It is positioned about 25 minutes from Gold Coast airport, off Tweed Valley Way.
The project was officially launched last month on site, along with an attention-grabbing billboard erected on the Pacific Highway. Mr Mitchell said he was already negotiating with six companies to relocate from the Gold Coast, with the smallest being a 3000sqm warehouse facility.
"We are talking to some big players in Australia, some of which are looking to move operations to Industry Central," Mr Mitchell said.
"We had the first of these commit to a 5000-square-metre building, and this agreement will be announced soon along with land sales achieved since the launch in early December.
"It is a smart option for businesses, as it is half the price of other industrial estates further north on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane and operations will not have to shut down under harsh weather conditions," he said.
Mr Mitchell also recently announced the appointment of prominent sales agencies to the project including Ray White Broadbeach, CB Richard Ellis, Bayliss and Samra as well as Tweed Property Sales.
Industry Central offers elevated allotments with water, electricity, gas and sewerage connections.