It is the $21.8 million rail project putting Bundy’s apprentices on the fast track to jobs.
The Palaszczuk Government today flicked the switch on its multi-million dollar overhaul of the city’s rail signalling system and seven level crossings.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey visited Bundaberg to mark the milestone and meet with apprentices who worked on the project, including local signalling electrician apprentice Cameron Higgins.
The brand new signals isolate unplanned incidents on train line, unlike the old system which would leave local traffic at a standstill by shutting all of the city’s boom gates.
“We’re backing Bundaberg,” Mr Bailey said.
“It’s great to see this 12-month project support more than 150 jobs, including a local number of apprenticeships.
It follows the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement last month of free apprenticeships to anyone under 21. Under the scheme, fully subsidised training will be offered in 139 apprentice and traineeships in industries showing a high demand for workers.
“This is about creating jobs, reducing disruptions, and supporting local industries who rely on our rail lines and roads.
“The new signalling system is more modern and reliable, meaning issues will not only be isolated to individual locations, they will also be less frequent.
As part of the project, the Hanbury and Perry Street level crossings were upgraded to include new flashing lights and pedestrian crossings.
Pedestrian mazes were also upgraded at the Walker and Bourbong Street level crossings, providing paved footpaths, flashing lights, audible alarms and locking gates.
“It’s part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $1.9 billion commitment to the region’s roads and rail over the next four years.”
Cameron Higgins said the project gave him invaluable hands-on experience to develop his trade.
“As a third-year apprentice, I’m lucky to have been able to work on such a large-scale infrastructure project here in Bundaberg and to learn from such an experienced project delivery team,” Mr Higgins said.
“The project gave me the chance to put all that I’ve learnt over the last two-and-a-half years into practice and I have no doubt the rail signalling and electrical skills I’ve learnt on the job will stay with me throughout my career.
“As someone from Bundaberg, I like the idea of seeing my work in practice each day as I pass the rail line. I like knowing I’ve played a part in a project that will make our crossings safer and will genuinely improve the way people move through our town.”