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Maryborough Mayor Barbara Hovard says a contract to build 72 new train carriages for the south-east Queensland rail network is very significant for the city.
Joint venture EDI Bombardier has won the $212 million contract to build the carriages in Maryborough during the next four years.
Councillor Hovard says the job security for one of the city's larger workforces is especially important and there will also be flow-on benefits for other businesses.
"There are a lot of engineering businesses and other businesses that feed of EDI Bombardier, little engineering works that will all get work as a result of this $212 million contract," she said.
"So it is great news for them as well."
The chief executive officer of EDI Rail, Guy Wannop, says it will mean another two years of work after a contract to build cars for the Perth Transit Authority finishes.
He says it is too early to say whether the new contract will create jobs.
"It is a little bit early to say at this stage, we do not expect it to," he said.
"But we do expect that it will keep the existing labour force fully engaged for that time.
"It is quite often we are unable to run one contract onto the end of another contract and it is one of the very pleasing things about this new contract with Queensland Rail that it will follow on after the Perth Transit Authority contract and that we will not be subjected to those terrible peaks and valleys."
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