A rally will be held on outside Downer EDI in Maryborough on Wednesday as the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union claimed the factory could be closed down.
A rally will be held on outside Downer EDI in Maryborough on Wednesday as the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union claimed the factory could be closed down. Valerie Horton

Community on a downer over potential closure of factory

"These are real jobs we are talking about, real families who will be lost to Maryborough."

This was how one of our Facebook followers reacted to the news Downer EDI could potentially close.

A rally will be held on outside Downer EDI in Maryborough on Wednesday as the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union claimed the factory could be closed down.

After the news broke on Tuesday, a spokesman from Downer has denied the corporation has any plans to close the Maryborough factory.

UPDATE: Downer denies Maryborough factory will be closed

A former employee Ross Hall said he was made redundant last December.

"I was the there for nearly seven years, the place is in big trouble," Mr Hall said. 

Michael Stevenson believes in the end it will come down to the competitiveness of the site.   "The management and workforce need to focus on reducing cost, productive work practices to remain competitive there are no free rides," Mr Stevenson said. 

Dan Oakhill hopes we can keep this industry viable in Maryborough.

"The members of the previous State Government should hold their heads in shame for allowing our trains to be built in Spain," Mr Oakhill said.  

"These are real jobs we are talking about, real families who will be lost to Maryborough," he said. 

Ben Pidgeon says Queensland Rail desperately needs new locomotives.

Cory Blinco thinks no doubt it'll "sadly close down eventually."

Julie Braddock says it would be a sad day for Maryborough's manufacturing employees if the business was to close down.

Phil Pollock doesn't understand how it can keep functioning.



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