Clive Palmer
Clive Palmer

CQ town prefers fly in fly out than turning into mining town

ALPHA prefers a 2000-strong fly-in fly-out workforce to turning into a mining town.

That was one of the findings out of Clive Palmer's Waratah Coal's "supplementary environmental impact statement" for its $8 billion China First project.

Mr Palmer is planning a $4b thermal coal mine that would export its material via a $2.1b rail line and $2b in port infrastructure at Abbot Point terminal near Bowen.

During construction in the Galilee Basin, west of Rockhampton, Waratah will hire 3500 workers.

Of the 1900 of those based in western Queensland, 1872 will be flown to and from the site, with just 28 to be housed in Alpha.

The SEIS includes the company's response to community concerns about the social, economic and environmental consequences regarding the impact of FIFO and large worker camps.

"Notwithstanding a strong preference among mine workers for DIDO or FIFO employment (surveys indicate more than 83% of non-resident workers in the Bowen Basin prefer DIDO/FIFO), Waratah Coal has outlined a strategy to support Alpha's growth while preserving and contributing positively to the existing lifestyle and friendly, rural atmosphere," the company says.

"Without a large number of DIDO or FIFO workers Alpha would become a 'mining town' - consultation with the local community has revealed that this is not the preference of the majority of Alpha residents."



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