The McConnell Dowell Martinus Rail joint venture has been appointed as Civil Contractors for the $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project with works expected to start within weeks.
Central Goldfields Shire Council Mayor Cr Geoff 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.
“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 intend to use local tradespeople and employ locals also where they can. Anyone interested in work or providing contract services are encouraged to visit the McConnell Dowell Martinus Rail joint venture designated project email at email@example.com to find out more.
“Council has worked hard behind the scenes to ensure the operations centre was secured here in Maryborough. We are grateful to the Minister for Public Transport who has heard our requests and supported our local community with employment opportunities.”
In more good news for the municipality V/Line and Transport For Victoria this week informed Central Goldfields Shire Council that Bung Bong-Longs Road will not be closed as part of a project. A request is expected to be made to Council to close the Possum Gully Road Crossing.
V/Line and Transport For Victoria will host a community drop-in session in Maryborough next week to provide an update on the project.
Residents are invited to attend the session on Tuesday 18 July at Maryborough Community House, 23 Primrose Street, between 6 and 8pm. The project team and contractors will be present.
Residents who are unable to attend but would like more information should visit vline.com.au/murraybasinrail, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 800 007.
With works now underway on the Maryborough to Ararat line, residents are reminded to be aware of traffic on the rail line.
Central Goldfields Shire Council Mayor Cr Geoff Lovett said it would be easy to take for granted the line is inactive when it has been closed for the past 20 years.
“People need to adjust to a new reality that the rail line will be busy with large trains within a few months, and from now on, there will be construction traffic, including trucks and rail equipment, using the line and rail reservation.