Opinion

We need rail industry to stay on track

OPINION: My family came to Maryborough when I was five years old because of rail.

A job transfer brought the Kays back to the Heritage City in the late 90s and dad ended up working for Queensland Rail for more than 30 years.

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with members of Maryborough's Model Engineers and Live Steamers Association, who are on track to restore the Steam Locomotive No.299, one of the first trains built in Maryborough.

Last week, I was lucky enough to take a quick look inside the brand new Spirit of Queensland Tilt Train.

Designed and assembled in Maryborough at Downer EDi, it's a modern train and I'm sure it will bring joy to plenty of Queensland Rail passengers.

Not bringing much joy though, is the struggle of the rail industry in Maryborough today.

There are dozens of highly skilled workers at multiple organisations who want and need the industry to stay.

Obviously Maryborough isn't alone in its manufacturing woes.

Obviously businesses need to make decisions to survive.

But what's even more obvious to me is that Maryborough needs an industry that can thrive.

It's sad to live in a beautiful city better known for its poverty and prison population than incredible workers.

Topics:  maryborough, opinion, rail, stephanie kay




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