Council Chairman Brad Carter.
Council Chairman Brad Carter.

Mayors against 100% FIFO

CENTRAL Queensland’s mayors have united in the fight against 100% fly-in, fly-out workforces in the region’s mining industry.

Chairman of the Galilee and Bowen Basin Council of Mayors Brad Carter said full FIFO workforces would result in big losses for Central Queensland.

Last week Cr Carter was among the region’s local government representatives who attended the Moranbah Action Group’s meeting against BMA’s application for a 100% FIFO workforce at its Caval Ridge Mine.

“The Council of Mayors are all in full support of the Moranbah Action Group and were encouraged by the strong community support in opposition of BMA’s application,” Cr Carter said.

“The application by BMA is disappointing and the Council of Mayors urges the State Government to side with the community and decline the request.

“The impact of 100% fly-in, fly-out workforces on communities surrounding mines will result in fewer employment opportunities for residents of that local community and decreased positive knock-on effects.

“We have seen positive impacts in other regional locations such as Emerald, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Capricorn Coast, Mackay and Bowen thanks to the mining boom.

“To have a percentage of the workforce living in the town will significantly increase the business and leisure opportunities for the town and surrounding communities as a result of the influx of jobs.

"This then enhances the community and business activities across the broader Central Queensland region.”

He said the group recognised that there was a need for FIFO and supported the original decision of a 70% FIFO arrangement.

“There are many other Central Queensland communities who benefit significantly from the mining boom with many people working in the mining workforce in the greater Central Queensland area residing in Central Queensland communities,” Cr Carter said.

“Central Queensland is the place of residence for mining families and mining support families and is a central location to the mines, much more ideally located than the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast.”

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