Construction commences on new $40 million distribution and warehouse facility in Berrinba

National Logistics Operator McPhee Distribution Services has started work on a $40 million warehouse project at Logan’s premier industrial precinct at Berrinba.

The 40,000 sqm site at Bardon Road, will be developed over three stages with a completion earmarked for June 2023.

Vaughan Constructions has been contracted to build the warehouse, a first for the company in South-East Queensland.

Appliance manufacturer Rinnai Cooperation will lease 6000 sqm with McPhee providing overflow storage services.

The development application was lodged under Logan City Council’s RiskSmart initiative and was approved in December last year.

Logan City Council Director Strategy and Sustainability, David Hansen, said McPhee’s arrival signals new infrastructure opportunities for the Berrinba industrial precinct.

“Berrinba has a long and successful history for Logan. It has been the logistics core of Logan for some years now and has attracted an impressive range of local and international companies,” he said.

“The McPhee development will bring on the early delivery of some major infrastructure. Council has plans for a network of industrial roads around the site and McPhee is partnering with Council on the delivery of those roads.”

It is estimated that 400 various construction-related contractor jobs will be required during construction with around 130 jobs required once operational.

McPhee Distribution Services Managing Director Jay McPhee, said his company would provide long-term national distribution services from its Logan base.

“We will be based in Logan for the next 20 to 30 years at least,” he said.

Aaron Trask from Vaughan Constructions, McPhee Distribution Services Chief Executive Mark Llambias and McPhee Distribution Services Managing Director Jay McPhee

The project adds to around $100 million in business investment in the past 12 months into City of Logan – South East Queensland’s newest growth region where almost 170,000 sqm in commercial property will be taken up this year.

International tech companies, a national coffee franchisor and an array of multi-nationals are setting up shop in Logan due to its prime location, spread between Brisbane and Gold Coast, where commercial property opportunities are abundant and affordable.

McPhee’s neighbours at Berrinba include Mitre 10 which last year constructed a $50 million, 27,000 sqm warehouse; Pinnacle Hardware (14,000 sqm with a new $22 million distribution centre); Queensland Logistics Service (15,000 sqm); food packager Huhtamaki (12,000 sqm) and global technology giant Alphabet who has set up shop with its autonomous drone delivery service Wing (15,000 sqm).

Supplements manufacturer goes from strength to strength

Business is booming for ATP Science, a Loganholme-based business that will move into a new $15 million, purpose-built facility in Meadowbrook next month.

Director, Jeff Doidge, said the company had evolved from selling supplements to becoming an international supplier.

“My wife and I owned another business in Logan in a retail supplements store selling all over Australia since 2002, so we’ve been in business here almost 20 years,” Jeff says.

“By 2012 we had grown to become one of Australia’s largest specialty sports protein powder retailers, turning over sixty thousand a month, selling imported supplements.”

Jeff said ATP Science was established that year, prompted by the unreliable quality of imported products.

“In the beginning we started on hope, a wing and a prayer and $60,000. In 2013 we used retained earnings to invest in manufacturing and expanding the business,” he said.

“We were manufacturing in the United States, which is supposed to be bigger and better, but we were consistently finding that the supplements were not being made to our specifications so then we brought manufacturing back to Australia.

“We manufactured with a few companies here, but the quality wasn’t there so in 2016 we decided to do the manufacturing ourselves.

“We’ve been doing exceedingly well in Australia and the market has matured for us.

“We are now moving into the mainstream consumable market and that brings in the likes of the major grocery chains, as well as expanding into new overseas markets.”

Jeff says the export market is flourishing, led by the company’s flagship product GutRite.

“New Zealand is our largest export market with the United Kingdom rapidly catching up. The UAE is coming along leaps and bounds–we received our largest ever order from them last December and we are making inroads into the United States with health food and pharmacy chains.”

The company’s success is has not gone unnoticed in the business world.

“We are now in the BRW (Business Review Weekly) Fast 100. We finished 13th in 2018 and we have been experiencing double digit growth since inception and had a few years of triple digit growth, Jeff says.

“We turned over $24 million last year and we expect to sell $30 million in 2020.

Jeff says ATP Science employs 45 people but planned to expand its new facility.

“I anticipate we will have 80 full time staff in 2021 after we consolidate our four sites into the new building. Being purpose built, it has everything – from multiple production lines through to the laboratory, refrigerated warehousing and office space – all under a 7,600 square metre roof.”

ATP Science building in Meadowbrook

The decision to build the new headquarters for ATP Science in Logan was an easy one says Jeff.

“We have great support. We’re working with Griffith University training interns in our lab. We’ve had no problems finding high quality employees and it’s perfectly situated as an international distribution hub.

“We’re proud to be an Australian company and Logan has proved to be a great place for us to do business.”

ATP Science will open its new facility at 47-53 Meakin Rd, Meadowbrook in March 2020. atpscience.com

Stay informed this storm season

In the event of a disaster, it is important to access up-to-date and accurate information to allow you to take action and quickly respond to protect your business.

Council’s Disaster Dashboard provides a wide range of information in one spot for emergency situations, including:

  • road hazards
  • weather warnings
  • fire incidents
  • power outages
  • flood and traffic cameras
  • evacuation centres
  • river heights

Social media feeds from key agencies are also displayed on the Disaster Dashboard, including:

  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Queensland Fire & Emergency Services
  • Energex
  • Translink

This information allows you to make last minute preparations to prepare for the potential impacts of severe weather on your business.

Visit the Disaster Dashboard at disaster.logan.qld.gov.au for more information.


Is your business prepared for a disaster? Hear the top ten tips for preparing your business ahead of a disaster from the Disaster Management Program at Logan City Council. Workshops are being held in February and March at libraries across the city.

Logan Village Green Masterplan to deliver for community

A new playground inspired by the designs and input from local children will be the centrepiece of an upcoming refurbishment at Logan Village Green.

A temporary pop-up coffee shop, upgrades to the RSL cenotaph and new signage are also included in the Logan Village Green Master Plan adopted by Logan City Council.

The design of the playground has commenced and the project is earmarked for completion by the end of the year.

Logan Village Playground Visualisation

Logan Village Playground Visualisation

In the 2018/19 Budget, Council endorsed $2 million for the Logan Village Implementation Fund over three years to support the planning, detailed design, management and delivery of priority projects identified from the Logan Village Forum.

The Master Plan follows extensive community consultation and is a key outcome of the 2018 Forum which identified upgrades to the Logan Village Green as a high priority project.

Council obtained a $500,000 funding grant for the Activation, Embellishment and Upgrade of the Logan Village Green under the Building Better Regions Fund Round 3.

The Master Plan includes a future multi-purpose community facility, an outdoor stage and upgraded events space for live music.

Future plans also include a feasibility study for a multi-functional community centre and design of a new ‘main street’ along the Village Green.

Improved signage and street furniture, a visitor information facility and a coordinated events program will position the area as a regional tourism destination.

Logan City Council Director Strategy and Sustainability, David Hansen, said the projects signalled an exciting new era for the Logan Village community.

“The community told us what they wanted and Council has responded,” Mr Hansen said.

“The renewal of this iconic hub will create a destination for people outside of Logan to visit. It has been designed by the community, for the community and visitors to the city.”

Mr Hansen said improved amenity through tree planting, new paving, signage and new feature lighting, and improved connectivity through pedestrian and cycle ways would provide a family-oriented destination.

A ‘Meet the Place Manager’ open day was held in Logan Village and provided an opportunity for interested parties to meet officers and discuss the draft Master Plan.

During the consultation period, 493 people visited the website and written submissions from 35 individuals and organisations were received.

To find out more, please download the Logan Village Green Master Plan (PDF 9.8 MB).