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More jobs to go

MARYBOROUGH'S public servants have taken another blow with the announcement the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry will close its office in the Heritage City.

A DAFF representative confirmed yesterday that two people would lose their jobs.

"These administration staff do not support any other DAFF staff in Maryborough and it was not financially viable to maintain a presence at this site," the representative said.

Together Union regional organiser Ron Fossen said Gympie and Bundaberg DAFF offices would now be the closest contact for Fraser Coast farmers.

In the housing sector, 41 full-time staff at the Maryborough QBuild office are still waiting to find out how many will face redundancies.

A spokesman for the Minister for Housing Bruce Flegg said they were still reviewing where the cuts would be made, but said Maryborough would no longer have many of its senior roles.

The office is one of 11 across the state to be downgraded from a regional to a district office under a new model that will see QBuild combine with building consultant service Project Services.

It will mean all finance, human resources and procurement roles will function from another office.

QBuild provides construction and building maintenance services for government departments, emergency response to natural disaster and apprentice training.

About 87 regional jobs are expected to be cut from across QBuild.

Other public service job cuts on the Fraser Coast have already been made in the Maryborough National Parks and Wildlife Office, Maryborough Base Hospital pathology unit, Queensland Fire and Rescue and Hervey Bay's Public Health office.

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