Barnett supports WA FIFO community

West Australian premier Colin Barnett has backed plan to create a fly in fly out community in Manjiump.

The shire of Manjiump has already begun speaking to mining companies to encourage more workers to base themselves in the south west town, according to the ABC.

Barnett has said the FIFO idea is unique.

"We cannot continue to have 70 per cent of the population living in the Perth metropolitan area and we’d like to see the larger regional centres and inland towns grow," he told the ABC.

"Fly in, fly out workers can combine their work maybe in the Pilbara and the goldfields with their normal lifestyle and family living in a beautiful area such as the south-west."

This greater push for regional FIFO communities comes as the issue reaches a head in Queensland, which saw protests throughout Moranbah and the numbers of non resident FIFO miners reached a record 14 613 in the Bowen Basin.

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