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Nearly 100 jobs gone as Darling Downs company goes bust

NEARLY 100 workers have lost their jobs after Dalby manufacturing company Ozcon Industries folded this morning.

The pipe and bore casing specialist, which has four sites in Dalby, Miles and Moomba, shut its doors today due to financial problems.

The State Government has involved itself to support the laid-off workers and their families.

Acting State Development Minister Bill Byrne said the Government had arranged for families to receive financial assistance through Centrelink and counselling through Lifeline.

"My message to these workers and their families is: you are not alone," he said.

"Centrelink has local staff providing financial advice, our four local TAFE career counsellors are available and Dalby Lifeline also has local counsellors available, as well as people in Toowoomba staffing their hotline.

"Ozcon Industries is a private company that makes its own commercial decisions, but government has a critical role to play in times like these.

Two Department of State Development staff members from Toowoomba facilitated today's employee briefing in Dalby, in which all 92 employees were laid off.

"DSD will continue to coordinate support services across all organisations so that employees and their families are being looked after in days and weeks to come," Mr Byrne said.

Kieran Chiverton of Ozcon Industries.
Kieran Chiverton of Ozcon Industries. Lisa Machin

Beginning as Ace Conveyers, the company was founded by married couple Kieran and Rhiannon Chiverton and had been in business for more than a decade.

Ozcon supplied pipe processing, machine shop and general metal engineering services to both the agricultural and CSG industries in the Surat Basin.

On its website, it was listed as "one of Australia's fastest growing and developing companies based in the heart of the Surat Basin."

The downturn of the oil and gas sector in south-west Queensland has been well-publicised in the media, with low oil prices placing pressure on several key players in the industry.

Mr Byrne said OZCON employees may be able to apply for assistance immediately from Centrelink and may be eligible for financial help to cover their entitlements through the Commonwealth Fair Entitlements Guarantee.

Affected employees can contact:

 - Centrelink on 132468.

 - Dalby Lifeline ON 46883760 and or Toowoomba Lifeline 1300991443.

 - For apprentices and trainees, Training Queensland Customer Centre on 1300 369 935.

Topics:  bill byrne csg industry dalby manufacturing oil and gas toowoomba


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