Labor's National Rail Plan Welcomed by Bendigo Manufacturers

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has visited the Bendigo Rail Workshop to discuss how Labor’s National Rail Plan will impact local manufacturers.

 “A Shorten Labor Government will ensure that more trains are built in Australia by local manufacturing workers – establishing a National Rail Plan,” Chesters said.

The plan will give local rail manufacturers a better chance at securing more of the $100 billion in rail contracts.

“We want every dollar of Federal funding spent on rail projects goes towards creating local jobs and protecting our rail industry.

A Federal Labor Government will work closely with the states to ensure this is achieved.

“This is just the beginning, the Federal Labor commitment to support local manufacturers will drive growth and provide opportunities for employment.”

“The Bendigo electorate has a proud rail manufacturing and maintenance past and could have an exciting future with the right plan.

“Australia will spend more on rail in the next decade than on submarines. It’s important to get that investment right.

“The Australian rail manufacturing industry employs 5000 workers, with another 7000 in the supply chain including hundreds in the Bendigo electorate and it could be more. 

“Hoffman’s Engineering, Bendigo Railways, Vossloh Cogifer Australia are a few of the local manufacturers engaged in rail industry.

Labor’s plan will protect and create more jobs.  

Labor believes that investment in rail should create local jobs and boost our domestic manufacturing capability – rather than just flowing to overseas industry competitors.