Google has opened a new 100 desk office in Melbourne, but the company is sticking with Sydney as the location of its headquarters, despite the trouble it is facing finding a bigger home there.
The new digs in Collins Street, in Melbourne’s CBD, comes complete with “uniquely Melbourne features, including a graffiti wall” and workspaces named after local landmarks such as The ‘G, Flinders Street and the Yarra Valley.
There’s also an auditorium of sorts, built on a set of wooden stairs, and a wall of moss.
The office – which is currently only half filled – was officially opened last night by Victorian Minister for Small Business; Innovation and the Digital Economy; Trade and Investment, Philip Dalidakis MP, with the words: “OK Google, open the Google Melbourne office”.
Google’s new Melbourne digs was officially opened last night
Google has grown quickly in Melbourne, beginning with a team of just four a few years ago. According to the web giant more than 200,000 Victorian businesses use Google to connect with customers in Australia and around the world, and those businesses see almost $4 billion of benefits generated by using Google products and services
“The new Melbourne office demonstrates our long-term commitment to businesses and partners in Victoria. We’re growing because our partners – local businesses and community groups – are growing,” said Google Melbourne site lead Sean McDonell.
McDonell reportedly ruled out Melbourne becoming the company’s new engineering hub and headquarters however.
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In April, Google suffered a setback in its bid to find a bigger home in Sydney, after the NSW state government knocked back a plan by developer Mirvac to establish a tech hub on land next to