Premier Steven Marshall set his sights on attracting Google’s head office to Adelaide in 2018, not long after he was elected, but that pitch came to a dead end.
However, Google is now poised to announce it will establish a presence in Adelaide, but not the shift of its head office, according to sources who have knowledge of the announcement.
The Premier’s office would not comment when asked by InDaily about the impending announcement today.
Google Australia also did not respond to InDaily’s queries this morning.
Google currently has two offices in Australia located in Melbourne and Sydney.
Marshall put a proposal to Google in 2018 to relocate to South Australia, after the NSW Government rejected a proposal to build a mixed-used technology hub in Sydney with Google as the anchor tenant.
“We would bend over backwards to get Google to South Australia because they’re a great international company which inspires young people,” Marshall told reporters in April 2018.
“South Australia and in particular Adelaide has got a huge amount to offer Google.”
The premier at the time said one of the possible locations offered to Google was the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, now known as the innovation hub Lot Fourteen.
The former Labor government also made a pitch in 2015 for Google to come to South Australia.
UPDATE: The State Government confirmed our story over the weekend. Go here for details.
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