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    Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business
    The Honourable Jan Jarratt

    Manufacturer leaves Queensland Rail tender process

    Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business
    The Honourable Jan Jarratt

    Thursday, March 10, 2011

    Manufacturer leaves Queensland Rail tender process

    Train building firm Downer-EDi has announced it will pull out of a global tender process to build 200 three-car sets for Queensland Rail, Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt announced today.

    Ms Jarratt said Downer-EDi officials this morning informed workers at their Maryborough facility that they would no longer bid for the right to provide Queensland Rail with the trains.

    “This news is both devastating and disappointing,’’ Ms Jarratt said.

    “Downer-EDi has long provided manufacturing capacity for rolling stock in Queensland.

    “This company received the backing of the State with the award of the $189M tilt train contract to ensure they could maintain their workforce and retain a strong position in order to compete for the Queensland Rail rolling stock contract.

    “The State Government backed this company.

    “Unfortunately they have decided not to back their own workforce – and to back out.’’

    Ms Jarratt said on 27 October 2010 the State Government announced it would invest $189 million to buy another Tilt Train and upgrade the existing two tilt trains.

    On that date, it was announced the work would be carried out at Maryborough’s Downer-EDi facility providing support for 800 direct and indirect jobs in the Wide Bay region.

    Awarding the $189 million contract to Maryborough’s Downer-EDi facility meant 500 direct jobs at the workshops plus an additional 300 jobs in the region.

    Queensland Rail’s procurement for the new generation passenger cars is subject to the Government’s Local Industry Policy. This policy provides for a full, fair and reasonable opportunity for competitive local industry to tender for work.

    The Government has ensured Queensland Rail has developed a detailed local industry participation plan for this tender. It includes provision for a weighting specifically allocated to the assessment of local content in the bids received to make it a formal part of the evaluation criteria.

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