Mayor backs FIFO crews fight
ROCKHAMPTON Mayor Brad Carter will table a motion against 100% fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mine workforces in Central Queensland at council's next meeting.
Yesterday, Cr Carter urged Central Queenslanders to unite against FIFO workforces amid concerns the region would miss out on vital infrastructure.
The Rockhampton Mayor was among the 400-plus people who attended Tuesday night's rally in Moranbah against BMA's application to increase its FIFO workforce from 70% to 100% at the nearby Caval Ridge Mine.
Yesterday, he said the region needed to unite.
His comments came after Gold Coast mayor Ron Clarke this week announced a deal should be finalised this month with mining companies that could see up to 2000 workers flying out of Gold Coast Airport every week.
“The Gold Coast has had its day in the sun, it's now time for Central Queensland,” Cr Carter said.
He said the Queensland Government recognised the problem of overcrowding in the south-east corner.
“It's an inappropriate place to encourage mining employees and their families to live,” Cr Carter said.
“We need the government to have strong regional policies and the Federal Government to consider regional Australia.”
Cr Carter said it was imperative miners had the choice to live in the communities where they worked.
He said if FIFO workforces became the norm, all of Central Queensland would miss out.
His thoughts were echoed by former Fitzroy MP Jim Pearce, who is leading the battle against FIFO workforces.
Mr Pearce said Tuesday's meeting had gone well with the battle bringing Central Queenslanders closer together. Other community leaders from the Isaac, Mackay and Whitsunday councils also attended.
Mr Pearce also welcomed Campbell Newman's announcement that no mines would be fully staffed by FIFO under the LNP.
A DEAL with mining companies that could have up to 2000 workers flying out of Gold Coast Airport every week should be finalised by the end of the month, according to Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke.
The Gold Coast Bulletin yesterday reported Cr Clarke saying tourism and business authorities on the coast were talking to six mining companies.
He refused to reveal the companies and the towns involved, but said Coast workers would be the big beneficiaries.