News Date: 11 Sep 2017
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Jackie Trad
Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Palaszczuk Government has today confirmed a $70 million pipeline of projects for Downer EDI’s Maryborough workshop.
Visiting Downer’s Maryborough workshop today Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this was a huge boost to the local workforce and that Downer had already put on 20 new local workers.
“It’s great to be in Maryborough to announce that Downer EDI had been awarded almost $8 million in rail maintenance projects which are expected to commence this year,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“They have also been selected as the preferred tenderer for an additional $62 million in upcoming rollingstock overhauls.
“We have already seen Downer hire 20 new local workers and this announcement means a secure pipeline of projects that will give Downer EDI the confidence to generate more jobs locally and boost the Wide Bay economy.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said that the announcement demonstrated the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to local jobs.
“We recently introduced our Buy Queensland policy which highlights the importance of government contracts going to local businesses and supporting local communities,” Ms Trad said.
“We are now seeing the direct benefit – a steady stream of local work for regional Queenslanders, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to supporting key industries in regional economies.
“Through these projects, 15 locomotives will be overhauled to ensure continued reliability of the Inlander, Westlander, Spirit of the Outback and Kuranda Scenic Railway services, which connect communities right across Queensland.”
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said that his community would be incredibly excited by the announcement.
“Everyone knows that the best trains are built in Maryborough and this announcement is music to my ears,” Mr Saunders said.
“Downer EDI have been an incredibly important part of our community for decades and it is great to see these jobs being secred here for years to come.
“By the end of this year, Downer will commence significant maintenance work on the Citytrain fleet, including a ten year overhaul of 32 air conditioning units and servicing of 33 transformers, right here in Maryborough.”
Michael Miller, CEO Downer Rail, said “The award of this work is testament to the quality workmanship produced by the Downer team in Maryborough and the great trust established with Queensland Rail to delivery fantastic outcomes.”
“We have already employed 20 new staff and look forward to using these contracts to further invest with local jobs including establishing apprenticeships and utilising local partners within our supply Chain.”
Downer selected as preferred tenderer (contract values are approximate, as contract negotiations continue):
Source: QLD Government
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