A Port Hedland deputy mayor is urging Queensland’s Bowen Basin to fight against fly in fly out work arrangements.
Councillor Arnold Carter has said the West Australian economy has been severely damaged since the practice of FIFO became more common place.
“Do everything in your possible capacity and capability to discourage (FIFO), instead encourage the mining companies to build houses, to have their families there,” Carter said.
Speaking to Australian Mining, he said that he has personally seen the tremendous effect that FIFO has had on local community.
"While the mining companies have been great in supporting the local communities, we’d much rather have more people living in the towns than flying in and out."
BMA has seen a serious backlash from Queensland mining communities following its appeal to the State Government to obtain a 100% FIFO workforce for its Caval Ridge coal mine near Moranbah, as well as its Daunia coal mine.
The miner had previously agreed to source 30% of the workforce from local areas.