Thursday 20 February 2014

Retracom Sponsors Successful TSBE Event

Retracom Sponsor TSBE (Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise) Evening - Toowoomba February 2014

Port of Brisbane’s chief executive officer Russell Smith impressed the large crowd that turned out for TSBE’s first Enterprise Evening of the year last night, when he detailed the importance of making the Inland Rail Project a reality.
It was the first Enterprise Evening for the year and strongly supported, with nearly 300 guests turning out for the networking and information evening held at Toowoomba’s Middleridge Golf Club.
John Anderson, former Deputy Prime Minister and chair of the implementation group tasked to drive the Project forward, also spoke at the event.
Mr Russell outlined the benefits of a dedicated freight rail line which included efficient market access for agricultural industries and removing almost 4000 trucks off South East Queensland’s roads.
“The Port of Brisbane handles more than $50 billion worth of trade a year and up to 50 per cent of Port of Brisbane’s trade travels to or emanates from Toowoomba and the west,” Mr Smith said.
“Current rail constraints means almost all forward container freight growth will move by road. It means South-East Queensland must develop a long term freight logistics system to match this world class port.
TSBE CEO Shane Charles said he was enormously grateful that both Mr Smith and Mr Anderson travelled to Toowoomba, to update community members and potential stakeholders on the importance of getting the Project off the ground.
“Inland Rail is a must for Toowoomba and the region. With freight volumes set to double by 2020 and triple by 2050, an enhanced and complementary rail transport system is a must. It was a major coup for Toowoomba to host both Mr Smith and Mr Anderson, who together demonstrated the immense importance of the Project becoming a reality,” Mr Charles said.
Mr Charles also thanked Retracom, a TSBE silver member, for being the major sponsor of the evening.  Retracom General Manager, Shannon Porter, took the opportunity to showcase the extensive range of products and services offered by Retracom.  Before many existing and prospective customers Shannon’s presentation was very well received.

Shannon Porter - General Manager for Retracom Group of Companies

Retracom Hire - Toowoomba Airport Visit


Toowoomba Airport Visit - February 2014

With a population of approximately 165,000 Toowoomba has an abundance of quality educational facilities, a stable quality workforce and represents a business hub for the Region however it does not have an airport that services their needs effectively.

All this will change in October when John Wagner’s vision for appropriate airport services comes to fruition with Wellcamp Airport becoming operational.

With a 2.87km runway Wellcamp is designed to cater for large jets up to 747 and will conduct regular passenger services, charter flights, fly in fly out services and airfreight services.  With direct access to the Surat, Cooper, Bowen and Galilee Basins businesses will be strongly placed to take advantage of the growth in those areas. The airport will be serviced by an architectural-designed terminal that covers approximately 8000m2.

The development also incorporates the Wellcamp Business Park which will become home to a diverse business community.  With the newly announced Toowoomba bypass passing alongside the Business Park allows easy access in all directions.  The Business Park is set to become the premier business address outside of Brisbane.

Martin and Paula Porter, Shannon Porter, Graeme Partland and Craig Leschke recently represented Retracom with a guided tour of the facility and the sheer magnitude of the job was clearly evident.  With the construction phase being a 24 hour operation the landscape is undergoing daily changes and realisation of a vision is becoming apparent.

The accompanying photo was taken from the end of the new runway and with the bitumen surface scheduled to be laid in early May the Wellcamp Airport is really taking shape.  This premier Wagner development is sure to be an outstanding asset to the Region.

Thursday 13 February 2014

Retracom 2014 Charity Golf Day



Retracom 2014 Charity Golf Day

Enjoy a great day at one of Queensland's premier golf courses. Network with customers and colleagues, promote your company, services and products and/or reward your staff, all while supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
The annual Retracom Charity Golf Day is on Friday 14th March 2014 at the Brisbane Golf Club, and we need your support as a player or sponsor to help Australia’s national organization dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners, families and the wider community.
The event is open to all Retracom customers and suppliers, their customers, suppliers and employees and anyone who just wants a great day out to support an important cause.
The Texas Stableford competition enables golfers of all standards to participate. You don’t have to be a pro to play and non-golfers are welcome. Play in a team of four with no pressure, just teamwork and a lot of fun!
If you don’t have the numbers to field a full team, let us know and we can slot you into a team with similar players.
For the competitive, there are prizes to be won including ‘Nearest the Pins’ and ‘Longest Drive’.
For a cost of only $150 per player you will receive a golf shirt, lunch, drinks, canap├ęs and golf with the use of a motorised buggy.
Sponsors are invited to donate using the attached Registration Form.
I look forward to seeing you on the day.

Martin Porter 
Managing Director

Retracom Group of Companies


Retracom Contracting secures Montagues Cold Storage VIC

Retracom Contracting has been engaged by Qanstruct to build the new Montague Cold Storage (CS) Distribution project in Truganina, Victoria to commence May 2014.

The 15 000sq m area of freezer will be equivalent to the size of almost three football fields and will contain two freezer chambers and extensive annex and loadout area.

The Retracom Contracting team will be installing
28 000sq m of insulated panel for this project.

Retracom Contracting General Manager, Chris Wormald said he was looking forward to working with Qanstruct again.

“We have done a number of projects in recent years with Qanstruct including two Coles Distribution Centers in Sydney and Adelaide and the Statewide Distribution Centre in Tasmania,” Chris said.

Qanstruct General Manager, Mark Ruff said Retracom’s experience and expertise were the main reasons they were selected to partner them on this project.

“Retracom continually prove themselves to be the leaders in what they do,” Mark said.

Montague Fresh is an Australian packer, procurer, logistics provider and marketer of fresh produce. The family business began in apple growing but has since become a national distribution network. It is through this network that they are able to supply the major Australian retailers with the freshest produce available, 365 days of the year.

The Truganina distribution center will be completed by October 2014.