Qld Government announces multibillion investment in train manufacturing

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The Queensland Government has announced a $7.1 billion investment to boost the state’s train manufacturing industry and build 65 trains in Maryborough.

In announcing the largest investment in train infrastructure in Queensland’s history, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the plan would create up to 3000 jobs throughout Queensland, with Central Queensland to play a key role in the supply-chain.

“We’re investing in manufacturing to create jobs in regional Queensland,” the Premier said.

“At the election, we pledged $600 million to build 20 new trains in Maryborough with an option for a further 45.

“It’s now clear we’ll need a full complement of trains to cater for growth in years to come.”

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the investment would open up another chapter in Central Queensland proud rail history that dates back to the 1800’s.

“We’re in the process of acquiring the Rockhampton Rail Workshops, and now this historic investment in Queensland rail manufacturing and supply will no doubt attract more rail suppliers to the region,” Mr O’Rourke continued.

“Once set up, the Rockhampton Rail Workshops have the potential to play a pivotal role in the supply chain.”

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