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Palaszczuk spruiks Downer’s recent Maryborough success

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has visited Downer’s workshops at Maryborough, and discussed its $70 million in projects, including rollingstock overhauls and rail maintenance deals.

Palaszczuk said since coming into the run of success adding to its projects pipeline, Downer EDI’s Maryborough site had added 20 new workers.

The site will overhaul locomotives for a number of Queensland’s regional rail services, and will also soon commence significant maintenance work on the Citytrain fleet.

“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,” the premier 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.”

In Downer’s recent annual report announcement, the company’s chief executive Grant Fenn noted that new projects in the rail and transport divisions would help the company endure a slowdown in its mining and utilities divisions.

Along with the Queensland work, Downer has enjoyed success on a number of major rollingstock contracts, including the High Capacity Metro Trains deal in Victoria, and the Sydney Growth Trains project in NSW.

Queensland transport minister Jackie Trad said Downer’s Maryborough success was a demonstration of 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,” she said.

“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.”