FIFO rush foolish, warns candidate
ISAAC mayoral candidate Ann Crawford has slammed moves which could enable overseas workforces to fly directly into Central Queensland's mining centres.
Ms Crawford yesterday vowed to fight international fly-in, fly-out workforces, labelling the approach "naive" and "downright foolish".
Her comments came after reports yesterday the Indian-based Adani Group had purchased a large Central Queensland cattle property where it planned to build a new airstrip for fly-in, fly-out workers and new rail and port facilities in Queensland to help it export its coal.
Cr Crawford said enough was enough.
"We have seen the Beattie/Bligh governments and the Federal Government rip the very soul out of our communities with a lax approach to fly-in, fly-out workforces and now they're colluding to do to the rest of the nation what they have done and allowed happen in our communities," Ms Crawford said in a statement.
"It's as though they want to rip the riches out of the middle of the country and put absolutely nothing back.
"It's time for a very real reality check.
"We are happy to welcome workers from anywhere into our communities, but as world's best advice has clearly stated and experience has now shown, we want them based here, living here, contributing to our communities and nation building."
She said the report of Australia's leading demographer, Bernard Salt, the KPMG Redefining Regional Planning: Managing Change, Measuring Growth, clearly showed short-term fly-in, fly-out solutions were unsustainable.
Ms Crawford called on local governments across key mining regions to lobby hard against 100% fly-in, fly-out workforces.
"It's time for action now - we've suspected for a while that there's been an insidious move towards 100% FIFO and this, on the eve of the current senate committee of inquiry, clearly shows our governments at state and federal level are not interested in listening," she said.