Bombardier closes doors with job losses at Christmas
BOMBARDIER Transportation will close its doors for the final time on Friday, in the end of an era for Maryborough industry.
Mark Lindeberg worked at the same Maryborough site for 30 years, starting in the shop floor and making his way up to engineering. In April 2014 Mr Lindeberg was made redundant.
He was later joined by other colleagues when Bombardier downsized again in April and August this year.
"In my case it was a rather sudden decision," he said.
"The rest have had a long time but mine was little bit shorter, probably had a month's notice if that, the rest I have to say were kept very well informed with moving, some were given other opportunities within the company."
He said the branch closing its doors would have a flow-on effect to other businesses around the region.
"It's a very, very sad day for Maryborough to lose such a big employer," he said. "I don't think people realise there's no coming back now, that industry's now lost to us and they used materials from other businesses around the area.
"At the company's peak it had 80 employees, that was when we were running two contracts - the West Rail and Queensland Rail," he said. "When I left there were about 50 and last time I went in, there would have been about 20 left."
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he was saddened by the closure of Bombardier, particularly as it left its remaining employees without a job so close to Christmas.
"It's a terribly sad day for our region, particularly for these workers who are suffering the loss of employment."
Cr O'Connell said the workers at Bombardier had a "magnificent skill set when it comes to manufacturing" and it was a shame to lose that.
"My thoughts and the thoughts of community are with them," he said.
"Can there be a worse week than the week out from Christmas? "The region is poorer for this."
Cr O'Connell said the news strengthened his resolve to continue to work to bring jobs to the region.
He said there needed to be a focus on new jobs and new industries to keep the region growing.
"I dedicate my time as Mayor to promoting new and increased investment in our region," he said.