Global retail giant Amazon is coming to Queensland, with works currently underway on a brand new multimillion-dollar hub in the sunshine state.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the exciting news on Thursday, revealing construction on the Brisbane facility would start “immediately” under the state’s fast-tracked COVID-19 recovery plans.
It’s understood Amazon has been working with global property group Goodman to develop the company’s first ever Queensland warehouse.
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The project is expected to create more than 170 construction jobs and an additional 200 jobs once it’s up and running by Christmas this year.
“There is no doubt the ‘stay at home economy’ has grown significantly in the past few months,” the Premier said.
“E-commerce companies like Amazon have a key role to play in supporting that growing economy and helping facilitate Queensland businesses deliver their products to the door.”
Ms Palaszczuk said it’s “wonderful” news for Queenslanders, who will also benefit from quicker shipping times.
“It also means that Amazon products can get to customers quickly not just in Brisbane but right across Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It’s wonderful to welcome them here and I know there will be a lot of happy customers across Queensland.”
Construction on the Brisbane facility will create more than 170 jobs and an additional 200 once it’s up and running. Companies like @amazon play a vital role in helping Queensland businesses deliver their products to people’s doors. #qldjobs pic.twitter.com/xLydeCGGxu
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) June 11, 2020
Amazon Australia Director of Operations, Craig Fuller, said Brisbane was a “key strategic location” to meet “increasing demand in Queensland.”
“We’re pleased that this significant investment will create job opportunities to support the local economy, benefit customers, and local small to medium size businesses who will be able to access Amazon’s logistics capabilities to reach customers across the country,” Mr Fuller said.
State Development Minister Kate Jones said the government had worked hard to negotiate the sale of surplus industrial land in Lytton to Goodman.
“We need new infrastructure in Queensland to stimulate our economy and to create jobs,” Ms Jones said.
“This deal means millions of dollars of private sector infrastructure being built here in Queensland.
“Construction will start straight away and we expect the warehouse to be complete in time for Christmas, giving hundreds of local families something to look forward to at the end of a hard year.”
Amazon opened its first Australian fulfilment centre in Melbourne in December 2017 followed by centres in Sydney and Perth in 2018 and 2019.