Central Queensland wins big in historic investment in train manufacturing

Published Wednesday, 20 October, 2021 at 12:02 PM


Premier and Minister for the Olympics
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

Central Queensland will benefit from the largest investment in train infrastructure in Queensland’s history, announced by the Palaszczuk Government today.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Central Queensland would play a key role in the supply-chain as part of the state’s $7.1 billion to boost the state’s train manufacturing industry and build 65 trains in Maryborough, creating up to 3000 jobs throughout Queensland.

“We’re investing in manufacturing to create jobs in regional Queensland,” the Premier said.

“At the election, we pledged $600 million to build 20 new trains in Maryborough with an option for a further 45.

“It’s now clear we’ll need a full complement of trains to cater for growth in years to come.

“I want Queensland to benefit from this $7.1 billion investment. That means jobs for workers throughout our state.”

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the plan will support jobs and infrastructure growth for the entire Central Queensland region.

“Central Queensland has a proud rail history dating back to the 1800’s, and the Palaszczuk Government is committed to continuing the region’s legacy,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“We’re in the process of acquiring the Rockhampton Rail Workshops, and now this historic investment in Queensland rail manufacturing and supply will no doubt attract more rail suppliers to the region.

“Once set up, the Rockhampton Rail Workshops have the potential to play a pivotal role in the supply chain.

“The industry can come to Central Queensland with confidence, knowing the Palaszczuk Government is committed to keeping rail manufacturing and supply local.”

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said it follows another recent rail investment in the region.

“Just last week we were at Austrak’s 50-worker strong Parkhurst facility announcing a three-year contract renewal to supply Queensland Rail’s sleepers,” Ms Lauga said.

“Now to see an investment of this scale across Queensland’s rail network, suppliers can be even more confident coming and setting up shop in Central Queensland.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the rail plan would create jobs in Central Queensland to support Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.

“Labor’s plan is about locking in secure jobs and training opportunities for a generation of Queensland workers,” Mr Bailey said.

“That includes in Central Queensland, where locals will benefit from a guaranteed pipeline of investment.

“Queensland built trains. Made by Queenslanders, for Queenslanders.”

Cross River Rail is on track for first services to begin operating in 2025.


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