E-commerce and Tech giant Amazon is expected to commence construction tomorrow on a brand-new fulfilment facility in Brisbane. The building will be the organisation's first in Queensland.
The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk held a press conference at the company's site in the Port Industry Park, Lytton, where as many as 170 construction jobs are predicted between now and December.
The Premier said that the project would deliver 200 ongoing jobs in the centre, and "a lot of Queensland local products that will be available online".
"The state government has been working with Amazon for a number of years to get them to Queensland and it's wonderful to welcome them here," the Premier said.
State Development Minister Kate Jones says the site has a strategic purpose for Amazon as it is close to the motorway and Brisbane Airport.
"We've seen through iso that more people are turning to online shopping than ever before. While Australia is still behind other countries - it's only around one in 10 households buying online - we saw a dramatic shift during COVID-19 with more people choosing to buy local produce online," she said.
"Last year Australians spent around $27 billion in online goods, so having Amazon here sends a very clear message to Queensland businesses to get their produce and their goods online so we can continue to support jobs throughout Queensland."
Craig Fuller, Amazon Australia's operations director, said the company was excited to announce their fulfilment centre in Brisbane.
"The new fulfilment center, which is the size of two rugby fields, will open before Christmas and will be the foundation of our Queensland operations," Fuller said.
"The fulfilment center will house more than half a million products and will enable faster delivery to Queensland homes.
"Our investment will create 200 jobs for local people in a range of areas from human resources to information technology, health and safety and of course, jobs at an entry level, and we'll provide on-the-job training.
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