News

Jobs derailed as train deal ends

MARYBOROUGH'S Downer EDi will shed about 12 jobs in the next month as the Sunlander project comes to an end.

Downer spokesman Michael Sharp said the process of cutting jobs had already begun, with the company asking for expressions of interest in voluntary redundancy.

"We have begun consultation with our Maryborough workforce in relation to about 12 redundancies," Mr Sharp said.

"The consultation period will run for about a month."

The job cuts will reduce the workforce at Downer EDi from 317 employees to about 305.

A spokesman for Minister of Transport and Main Road Scott Emerson said Downer EDi was encouraged to apply for government contracts, both in Queensland and across Australia.

"Downer has received numerous government contracts in the past including a $200 million contract to refurbish two tilt trains and build a new one as part of the new Spirit of Queensland fleet," the spokesman said.

The Chronicle understands there has also been job losses among casual staff at Maryborough's CQMS Razer, but a union spokesman from CFMEU said that was due to a cyclical downturn and he was expecting workers to be rehired when work at the foundry increased.

Downer's announcement comes more than a year after Premier Campbell Newman visited Maryborough and announced changes to the Sunlander project.

At the time, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union spokesman Brad Hansen said the announcement from the Premier cut the original contract given to Downer EDi significantly.

Initially 20 to 22 carriages were to be built according to the contract, but that was cut to 12 carriages, Mr Hansen said.

During his visit in February 2013, Mr Newman also announced Downer EDi would build two extra locomotives in addition to the two that were already being built.

But Mr Hansen claimed the original contract specified that four locomotives would be built.

"Mr Newman said the two additional locomotives brought the number of locomotives to four," Mr Hansen said.

"Strangely, four is the exact number of locomotives contained within the original contract."

Mr Emerson responded to the claims, made by Mr Hansen in March last year, by saying the value of the project was about the same as the previous Labor government had on the table.

Mr Emerson said the project had blown out from $189 million to almost $250 million under Labor, but the LNP changes would save $50 million.

He also said the previous government had only budgeted for two locomotives and that the public had not been misled on the issue.



BREAKING: Bush fire in Biggenden

Fire Station, Fire stock photo, 
Photo: Daniel Perrin / Daily News

A fire has broken out in Biggenden.

New PresCare Maryborough 'health hub' project given approval

Prescare chief executive Greg Skelton.

PresCare can now start working on detailed development plans.

Maryborough prison at it's worst over capacity

SAFETY CONCERNS: The Maryborough Correctional Centre has hit a new level of overcrowding, now sitting at 20% overcapacity, and there is a worry of what it means for prison guards.

There are safety concerns for correctional officers

Local Partners

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

Jogging Tom Hanks crashes wedding in Central Park

Tom Hanks stopped for a selfie with this bride and groom

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual