The $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project will inject up to 80 jobs into the local economy, according to the Central Goldfields Shire.
The new jobs figure was announced by Central Goldfields Shire mayor Geoff Lovett this week, following last month’s announcement that the McConnell Dowell Martinus Rail joint venture has been appointed as civil contractors for the works and will establish the project’s main office in Maryborough, with a secondary office to be located in Dunolly.
With works expected to begin within weeks, McConnell Dowell Martinus Rail has leased over 10 rental properties in Maryborough and will transform the former Mitre 10 building in Drive-in Court into an operations centre and workshop.
Cr Lovett said the economic benefits of the project would be significant for Maryborough.
“We understand that up to 80 jobs will be created locally during the construction stage,” he said.
“Appointed just two weeks ago, McConnell Dowell Martinus Rail joint venture is not letting the grass grow under its feet.
“The joint venture has already rented 11 residential properties in Maryborough as well as the former Mitre 10 building in Drive-in Court to be used as the operations centre and workshop for the project.
“The joint venture has also advised that it intends to use local tradespeople and employ locals also where they can.
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