EVICTED: Chris Griffiths and Louise Hawkins have been evicted from their Middlemount PO by Anglo Coal.
EVICTED: Chris Griffiths and Louise Hawkins have been evicted from their Middlemount PO by Anglo Coal.

Anglo denies claims about Middlemount housing and tax

ANGLO American has denied claims married couples are housed in single men's quarters at Middlemount and that it was motivated by tax incentives to employ FIFO workers.

The response was triggered by broad media coverage after Australia Post licensees were issued with an eviction notice for refusing to remove a sign the company claimed was offensive and in breach of lease conditions.

Local opinion is divided.

Newsagency owner Carole Gray defended the company, saying she found them to be fair and reasonable to deal with and the subsidised rents were a fraction of what they would pay elsewhere.

Adele Derriman moved to Middlemount, from Tamborine Mountain, two years ago.

She said it was the people who made a community and Middlemount was a friendly safe town.

"There is an issue with some people finding accommodation, but I don't agree with what the guy in the post office did," she said.

"It was an attack on the whole community.

"There's ways of going about things and that's not right."

Tan Jorgensen, who recently moved to the area from Bundaberg, said they weren't getting answers as to why people were waiting when there were so many newly renovated, empty houses in the town.

A spokeswoman for Anglo American said the company provided a range of accommodation and subsidised housing to the pharmacist, dentist, physiotherapist and 12 businesses.

"We have invested more than $650,000 over the past three years on social initiatives," the spokeswoman said.



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