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Goodman's site at Amaroo Business Park in Melbourne nears completion for Amazon

Tuesday, 04 October 2022

Construction of Amazon Australia’s first standalone sort centre at Goodman’s new Amaroo Business Park in Craigieburn, Melbourne is nearing completion. The 15,600 sqm site – around the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground - is in the final stage of internal fit-out and will be operational in time for Christmas. 

Over 700 jobs have been generated since construction commenced in March this year, and once fully operational, the site will create around 200 local jobs.

The facility has been designed with sustainability at the forefront, powered 100% by electricity, avoiding the use of fossil fuels for its heating and hot water systems, and with energy efficiency as a top priority. Features include:

  • The largest solar panel system at an Amazon site in Australia with 3,078 solar panels covering 7,121 square-metres of roof. The solar panels have the capacity to achieve 1.4MW of solar power, expected to generate 80% of the site’s energy needs.
  • 12 electric vehicle charging stations with the capacity to install 30 in the future, making up 20 per cent of the site’s total car parks.
  • A rainwater recycling system connecting to toilets and irrigation, water efficient sanitary fixtures and fittings to reduce mains water consumption.
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is controlled by a building management system (BMS) that ensures a comfortable working environment for employees at the same time as reducing unnecessary energy consumption. LED lighting adjusts according to natural light availability and building occupancy, and indoor air quality is constantly monitored.

Amazon Amaroo construction

Commenting on what this new site means for Australian customers and the Victorian economy, Amazon Australia’s Director of Operations, Mindy Espidio-Garcia said, “We’re thrilled to open our first Australian sort centre here in Melbourne, the home of our very first fulfilment centre in 2017. Our continued investment in the state is a signal of our commitment to benefit both customers in the region with faster delivery speeds, as well as in the Victorian economy through the creation of thousands of local jobs for residents across our logistics sites. The opening of this site will further enhance our logistics capability, enabling faster delivery for the thousands of Australian businesses who sell their products on” 

Goodman Australia CEO, Jason Little said: “Our latest development for Amazon clearly demonstrates how Goodman optimises our properties for our customers, their people and technology - helping deliver the infrastructure shaping Australia’s digital economy.  Together with Amazon, we believe it’s important to make a tangible difference to the planet and the people on it, which is why several environmentally sustainable design features have been incorporated.”

The Craigieburn Sort Centre is Amazon's fifth operations site in Melbourne, supporting the company's existing fulfilment and logistics network in Victoria which includes fulfilment centres in Dandenong South and Ravenhall, and Amazon Logistics sites in Tullamarine and Mulgrave.