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The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) says it fears freight company Aurizon could close more regional depots after its decision to shut down the Ayr railway station in north Queensland.
The depot, south of Townsville, is expected to be closed early next month but the company says it is subject to consultation with its six employees.
Aurizon says there will be no forced redundancies.
RTBU spokesman Les Moffitt says it will be a sad day for the Burdekin when the site is closed.
"It's the loss of local jobs and small communities like Ayr need every job they can get," he said.
"It's also the relationship the customers had with those local railway guys when they delivered goods straight to the shops ... that's not the same service when you're dealing with just a contractor from other city sort of thing."
Mr Moffitt says he is worried the decision will signal the closure of more regional depots in places such as Ingham and Innisfail.
"We've witnessed Tully closed earlier this year, it's gone, it's another small station that was there for probably 100 years as well," he said.
"It's just a sign of the times now that we've been privatised.
"It's driven by the dollar and they don't care about the jobs that are being created in small communities."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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