Nat Bromhead

Job cuts put spotlight on shift away from manufacturing

JOB cuts planned by Maryborough train maker Downer EDi highlight the city's move away from manufacturing and towards other industries, the Mayor says.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the city, once widely known for its manufacturing, was now moving towards aviation, marine and other industries.

"It has been moving for some time," he said.

"The days of all those eggs in one basket are gone.

"We know we are competing globally."

He said there was now groundwork in place to grow industrial estates, the Maryborough Marine Precinct and aviation.

"I know it's not today or tomorrow, but the plans are there," he said.

"The strength of the Fraser Coast economy, and therefore Maryborough, is its diversity," he said.

Downer EDi told staff at Maryborough on Wednesday it was seeking applications for voluntary redundancies, with about 50-60 jobs expected to go from the Ellena St business.

The redundancies are expected finalised in the next few months.



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