By Casey Neill
Rumours about Amazon’s move into Dandenong South started in July and quickly generated excitement.
The US online retail giant’s PR team said there was nothing to share at the time, despite several advertisements for Amazon jobs at what is now their first Australian warehouse and distribution centre, in Pellicano’s M2 Industry Park.
The Committee for Dandenong joined the buzz.
“We don’t know that they’re coming,” spokesman Jamie Sturgess said.
“But we’d be surprised if they don’t come.
He said an Amazon warehouse would bring jobs to the region and hoped it would give governments a push to deliver promised and proposed infrastructure, a point he reiterated in August.
“It will draw other businesses into the area if Amazon is a roaring success,” he said.
“For that to happen, the State Government’s got to make moves on infrastructure.
“Urgent, practical and strategic action is needed to make sure the south-east of Melbourne is not left behind or loses it competitive advantage.”
He said key projects included an overpass to connect Remington Drive to Pound Road West, the Abbotts Road level crossing removal, a Bangholme Road EastLink exit ramp, the Port of Hastings, the long-planned Dandenong South Inland Port project and more.
The first orders started leaving Amazon in December.