No jobs lost in Maryborough as Ergon merges with Energex
NO frontline jobs will be lost from Maryborough after it was announced Ergon Energy would be merging with Energex by mid-next year.
A spokesman for Treasurer Curtis Pitt confirmed on Wednesday no frontline jobs would be leaving the area when the joint headquarters moved to Townsville.
Ergon Energy distributes power to a majority of Queensland, apart from the south-east corner which is controlled by Energex.
The pair are both government-owned corporations.
However, it is not clear whether the merger will mean more jobs for Maryborough, despite it being touted as a boom for regional jobs.
Mr Pitt announced the merger on Tuesday and said the move would save about $680 million.
"There will be no forced redundancies as a result of the merger," he confirmed.
"Over the long term we expect to grow employment in new areas as we seek to create the energy businesses of the future."
Mr Pitt said the merger was aimed at reducing duplication within the energy industry.
"The new energy services business will look at options to utilise renewable technologies in regional Queensland, particularly in remote areas, to improve reliability and sustainability of electricity supply."