Downer contract rumours quashed

A RUMOUR that Downer EDI had scored a lucrative Queensland Rail contract was yesterday stopped in its tracks.

Union representatives and local MP Chris Foley have been campaigning for the contract to be awarded to the Maryborough company for more than a year.

A local businessman said the contract had been secured – but Mr Foley said he hadn’t heard anything of the sort.

“Anna Bligh would be shouting this from the rooftops if we’d been awarded the contract,” Mr Foley said.

Rail employee and AMWU union spokesman Brad Hansen had also heard no good news.

“As far as I know, the QR proposal went to Cabinet for approval last week – once that gets approved it will be released to the short-listed companies for them to put forward their proposals,” he said.

Downer EDI is the only Queensland company among the three short-listed by QR.

“From a union perspective, we’ve been lobbying the Government very hard on this issue,” Mr Hansen said.

A Downer EDI spokesman said the rumour was incorrect and QR was yet to release its tender documents.



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