Amazon set to call Queensland home

Queenslanders can expect hundreds of jobs in the coming months with the arrival of Amazon.

Worldwide retail powerhouse and e-commerce giant Amazon is set to build a multimillion-dollar hub in Queensland, to be operational by the end of 2020. 

The hub which was fast-tracked under COVID-19 recovery plans will be built on industrial land east of Brisbane and will create more than 170 construction jobs and an additional 200 jobs once open.

The Queensland Government gave the tick of approval for construction on the hub to begin immediately in an effort to create jobs as part of the Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said lifestyle patterns and purchasing behaviours shifted online throughout the global pandemic. 

“There is no doubt the ‘stay-at-home economy’ has grown significantly in the past few months,” Ms Palaszczuk 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.”

Amazon Australia Director of Operations Craig Fuller said Brisbane was a “key strategic location to meet increasing demand”.

“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.

“We are also dedicated to enriching and giving back to the communities in which we operate, and we look forward to working with the council, local schools and other local groups to create impactful community programs as we get to know the Lytton community.”

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State Development Minister Kate Jones said the Government worked hard to negotiate the sale of surplus industrial land in Lytton.

“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 and now has a local team of more 2500 employees across amazon.com.au, Amazon Web Services, Kindle, Audible, Alexa and Prime Video.