FIFO FIGHT: Strelow rises up to challenge of Rocky's rivals
UPDATE 9AM: WHEN it comes to winning Adani's FIFO hub, Margaret Strelow has the eye of the tiger.
Cr Strelow said Rocky would fight Balboa style for the hub, and is encouraging local businesses to follow suit.
"Both Mayors have known that we were in a no holds bared fight since the announcement of the shortlist late last year," Cr Strelow said.
"I know that Townsville wants this badly. But so do we.
"There's a reason that they named the movie 'Rocky'. We've had it rough for a couple of years but like Rocky Balboa - we're getting back up.
"I am asking business leaders and community members to forward letters of support to Council (for inclusion in our final bid) and to copy these to our State and Federal members.
"We are separately collecting capability statements from businesses who supply into the mining sector."
More to come.
INITIAL: TOWNSVILLE city leaders have declared war on Rockhampton.
In a story on the front page of the Townsville Bulletin this morning, Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the gloves were now off in beating out other regional cities for Adani's FIFO hub and associated workers.
The declaration of 'war' comes after Rockhampton Regional Council this week announced they would construct a $20 million airport near the proposed Carmichael Mine to try and secure the mining giant's FIFO hub over northern rivals.
Late last year, Adani announced both Rockhampton and Townsville had been short-listed to become the FIFO hub for the mine's workforce.
Despite already securing Adani's headquarters for the proposed mine, the Townsville Bulletin reported Townsville City Council had launched a renewed offensive to defeat Rockhampton's competitive offer.
Cr Hill indicated Rockhampton was a 'serious threat' to Townsville's campaign.
"If we're serious about bringing jobs to the community we have to address it," Cr Hill told the Townsville Bulletin.
"This is a full-on FIFO fight. Thousands of jobs are at stake and if Rockhampton think they have it in the bag they're kidding themselves.
"I've been on the phone to Adani and contacted our State Members to push Townsville's interests and we will be looking at all reasonable options to build a powerful case for the city."
Cr Hill said Townsville was the only logical place a workers operation on such a large scale.
"We have the skills base, a track record as a regional FIFO hub, and lifestyle, services and infrastructure that all leave Rockhampton for dead," she said.
"Just in the past couple of weeks BHP Billiton filled 200 FIFO jobs in Townsville for their Bowen Basin operations within a couple of days.
"We need to pressure our state members to push Townsville's case and we need the community to say they want these jobs."
Cr Hill said the council would continue to build Townsville's case with Adani and other stakeholders including airlines, government, business advisers, and transport and construction companies in the running for major contracts for the mine.