Jobs lost at Sibelco's Central Queensland operations

SEVERAL people will lose their jobs as Sibelco winds back its Rockhampton-based Magnesia business in an effort to secure the business' long-term future.

In a statement, the company's executive general manager of operations, John McBride, said it was a difficult day for all involved, but change was necessary as the current operation style was "not sustainable".

Sibelco plans to temporarily wind back operations at its Kunwarara and Parkhurst plant from September to the end of the year. Mr McBride said the company would "selectively produce" materials to fit market demand during this time and continue to meet orders.

Although the number of job losses was not revealed, Mr McBride said impacted employees had been told of their future and, where possible, would be offered alternative employment within Sibelco.

"We anticipate that, under this new way of operating, the Sibelco Magnesia business will be well positioned to compete on the international market and continue as a long term employer in the Rockhampton region," he said.

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