New Queensland train manufacturing facility to be built in Torbanlea

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Queensland-based Beenleigh Steel Fabrications has secured a $40 million contract to construct the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program’s facility near Maryborough. 

The new facility will be part of the QTMP train manufacturing facility at Torbanlea and is expected to create new jobs and apprenticeship opportunities in the state. 

Under the contract, Beenleigh Steel Fabrications will supply and install 2,400 tonnes of structural steel for the buildings, including the train manufacturing factory, administrative building, gatehouse, and pump house. 

Work on the project is expected to create six new jobs and employ 10 apprentices and four trainees, adding to Beenleigh Steel Fabrication’s 80-strong Queensland workforce. 

Construction will begin in mid-2024 and will be completed in early 2025. 

Beenleigh Steel Fabrications has a 44-year involvement in Queensland’s construction landscape with multiple projects including Suncorp Stadium, the Gabba, and Cross River Rail. 

The company was selected for the QTMP project for its demonstrated capability and capacity, state-of-the-art fabrication workshop in Berrinba and commitment to local and indigenous employment. 

Minister for Trade and Investment and State Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick has emphasised the significance of bringing train manufacturing back to Queensland considering the state’s great manufacturing history. 

“The new jobs at Beenleigh Steel are part of 360 needed to build the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program facility and more than 380 required to manufacture the trains,” Minister Dick noted. “These new jobs and important traineeships are exactly what families need as Queenslanders face national cost of living pressures.” 

“The Miles Government is proud to deliver the QTMP, a program that is bringing train manufacturing back to Queensland,” said Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher

“We know our Queensland manufacturers are some of the best in the world, so it’s fantastic to be part of the Miles Labor Government that’s bringing train manufacturing back to local workshops,” Butcher said.