Labor candidate for Wide Bay Jason Scanes visited Maryborough's Downer factory.
Labor candidate for Wide Bay Jason Scanes visited Maryborough's Downer factory. Contributed

Wide Bay candidate visits one of M'boro's biggest employers

WHEN the Bill Bus rolled into town in January, the country's Opposition Leader chose Downer's factory floor to unveil his national jobs plan.

The labour-force heartland was also one of the first stops for Bill Shorten's Wide Bay candidate Jason Scanes this week in his bid to snag Llew O'Brien's seat in Canberra.

Mr Scanes said if he was elected to the seat after the election in May, he would work with the State Government to push for more contracts to be completed at the factory in Maryborough.

"There have already been some great investments from the State Government to to get contracts there for the workers," he said.

"It is significant for the region.

"The Federal Government needs to work hand-in-hand with the State Government to make sure manufacturing maintains a strong position and make sure there's employment for the future generations."

Mr Scanes said part of Labor's guarantee was promising that when awarding contracts worth $10 million or more, local employers would be the first to be considered by the government.

"It's about getting back to investing in trade skills," he said.

It was Mr Scanes' first time visiting the factory and he her learned a lot about the work being carried out in Maryborough.

"We have the world's best here," he said.

He said it was good to see Downer was an inclusive workplace, with a young female apprentice learning the trade.

Mr O'Brien told the Chronicle he was delivering concrete projects for the Heritage City.

"I'm working with all levels of government to deliver major social and economic projects for Maryborough," he said.