REVEALED: Mass job cuts at Maryborough factory
ALMOST 30 jobs have been cut from Maryborough's Downer factory after an internal review was carried out at the city's manufacturing hub.
A Downer spokeswoman said 29 people had recently left the business through a combination of voluntary and involuntary redundancies.
"Following a comprehensive review of our current and emerging programs of work, we have commenced the re-alignment of our workforce to ensure that we have suitably-qualified personnel to cater for future demand," she said.
It may come as cold comfort for those left jobless, but the spokeswoman said the workforce at the factory was set to grow by up to 100 roles next year as work begins on new projects, including the $330 million New Generation Rollingstock train contract.
The modification program will be one of a number of key contracts carried out at the Downer factory in 2020.
Last week the final B-series train built at the Maryborough factory arrived in Perth, signalling the end of a 15-year contract completed as a joint venture between Downer and Bombardier.
State member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the NGR trains were likely to arrive in the city earlier than expected, with work potentially getting under way in October.
In January one of the trains arrived in Maryborough to give workers the chance to familiarise themselves with the layout and internal fittings.
The 75 six-car trains, which were built in India, will be modified, fitted with additional and larger toilets and accessibility features for people with disabilities.
The repairs will support local jobs until the refurbishments are completed by 2024.
In addition, an $80 million contract was recently awarded to Downer to overhaul 10 IMU100 three-carriage trains and 12 three-carriage SMU200 series trains.