MP meets with big miners to spruik local workforce

MICHELLE Landry is trying to convince mining companies they have gold mines in their own backyards.

Gold mines of qualified and hard-working potential employees that is.

In an effort to combat employing more FIFO miners in the Bowen and Galilee basins, the Capricornia MP has already met with BMA and Anglo American to encourage them to source staff from Rockhampton and across the rest of her electorate.

Ms Landry will also meet with Rio Tinto and Hancock Coal.

She spoke on the subject with mining mogul Gina Rinehart when she was in Rockhampton for a special dinner last month.

She said it wasn't just the Rockhampton workforce that had been neglected, but potential employees across Capricornia.

While campaigning across Capricornia, Ms Landry noticed many of the workers in the mining camps were from the Gold Coast and Cairns.

"I think part of it was that the previous Federal Government did a deal to pull people from those areas because of unemployment in those areas."

Ms Landry said she was working very closely with Rockhampton Regional Council.

On Friday Mayor Margaret Strelow announced the appointment of two staff to a newly created economic development unit.

Jane Whyte will be the resource industry relationship executive and Russell Claus will be the manager of planning.



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