Growing local jobs with a Queensland workforce was the topic of conversation when Member for Bancroft, Chris Whiting, inspected Varley Vehicles ambulance assembly line with its CEO Blaine Scarr on Thursday.
Varley Vehicles has completed about $5 million worth of work for the Queensland Ambulance Service this year, creating 30 jobs locally at its Narangba factory and another 30 Queensland jobs through the supply chain.
It is looking to expand these local operations when the Queensland Ambulance Service announces the results of a tender in the new year to complete $3 million worth of upcoming ambulance builds.
Varley Vehicles is one of four companies looking to capture some of this work.
Mr Scarr said the ambulance production line at Varley Vehicles was a real example of the Queensland Government and Mr Whiting’s commitment to a local build, with local workers and making use of the local supply chain.
“When you see a Queensland ambulance or a fire truck go driving by, know that it was engineered locally by workers from Queensland,” Mr Scarr said.
“Without the Queensland Ambulance Service’s investment in the Queensland manufacturing industry and more importantly in Varley Vehicles local operations, 30 direct Varley jobs, and another 30 local jobs downstream in the supply chain, would've been lost to the region.
“Creating local jobs and supporting high skilled manufacturing is a central plank of what our government does. Well done to Varley for having such faith in our local community, and in Queensland.” Said Mr Whiting.
About Varley Vehicles
Headquartered in Narangba, Varley Vehicles is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Varley Group. The company employs more than 850 people in Australia and 100 people in the US working on a wide range of major programs spanning the specialised vehicles, aerospace, defence and civil sectors.