Labor brings even more train building jobs home to Maryborough

October 13, 2020

For the first time in nearly a decade, Queenslanders will again build Queensland trains.

These trains will be manufactured from the ground up and locally built in Maryborough.

After years of LNP disruption, Maryborough’s proud rail building reputation is back on track with $600 million locked in for 20 new Queensland trains and the infrastructure needed to build them in Maryborough, supporting 690 new jobs.

The new investment builds on the 283 jobs saved at the Downer facility by the Palaszczuk Government in 2017, and all up delivers a $1 billion guaranteed pipeline of train building work in Maryborough.

Critical to Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan, this $1 billion pipeline includes:

● New $600 million commitment to 20 new Queensland trains to be built in Maryborough

● New $1 million business case to build replacement carriages for the iconic Westlander, Inlander and Spirit of the Outback long-distance services, with $150 million in works expected, to be delivered by Downer EDI as part of an existing partnership with the State Government.

● Continuing $300 million 10-year pipeline of manufacturing work in Maryborough to refurbish and maintain the existing QR fleet being delivered by Downer EDI.

● Continuing $85 million investment for Maryborough workers to fix the Newman Government’s overseas bought trains.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the announcement lays the foundation for a new era of rail manufacturing in Maryborough with the next generation of trains that travel across our state being built in Maryborough by Queensland workers.

“This announcement is a massive win for the Maryborough region, making it a major manufacturing hub,” the Premier said.

“My Government is proud to be backing the powerhouse region of Maryborough thanks to the relentless advocacy of Bruce Saunders. 

“This $1 billion train building program heralds a new and ambitious chapter for manufacturing, not just for Maryborough, but for Queensland.

“This long-term future pipeline of work means there will be rewarding long-term career paths for our young people in trades like boilermaking, fitter machining and as electricians.

“This investment also helps grow our advanced manufacturing base, building on industries like defence manufacturing with Rheinmetall and aerospace manufacturing with Boeing.”

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said this commitment would bring a jobs bonanza for the region for years to come.

“The Palaszczuk Government has kept our commitment, the next generation of trains for Queensland are being built in Maryborough, by Queenslanders,” he said.

“Building the first 20 Cross River Rail trains in Maryborough will mean 690 new local jobs for the region.

“Sadly, the LNP’s decision to chase a cut-price deal and build trains for Queensland overseas sold out Queensland jobs.

“If Deb Frecklington and the LNP had their way, Queensland trains would right now be being manufactured overseas.

“It’s Maryborough workers at Downer who are fixing those non-compliant trains built overseas as part of an $85 million additional contract with the Queensland Government and we will see the first of those trains back in service later this year.

“All of this work is in addition to the $300 million pipeline of Queensland Rail work our government has sent to Maryborough as part of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s commitment to support regional Queensland jobs and economies.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said Labor’s commitment will benefit local supply chains throughout the Maryborough region and pump investment into the local economy.

“Train manufacturers will be invited to bid in a procurement process to build the next fleet of passenger trains in Maryborough, with an order for 20 new six-car trains needed to support more frequent services once Cross River Rail opens in 2025.

“This will be fast tracked with rail manufacturers who bid for the work being required to build them in Maryborough,” he said.

“The initial order could be followed with an option to build up to 45 additional six-car trains in Maryborough, to meet future demand on the Citytrain network.

“We guarantee that under a re-elected Palaszczuk Government those additional 45 new trains would also be built in Maryborough."