BMA is petitioning the Queensland Government to change working conditions at its Caval Ridge coal mine to allow for the entire workforce to be Fly In, Fly out workers.
Conditional approval had previously been given for the $4 billion project located near Moranbah, on the proviso that at least 30% of the workforce came from the local area.
The mayor of the Isaac region, where Caval Ridge is situated, voiced his concerns about the modification.
“We want to be able to maintain our towns to a certain standard and we need to attract the people for these communities and there are a number of families that would prefer to live together rather than the fly-in, fly-out basis," mayor Cedric Marshall said.
He went on to say that there is no reason that enough accommodation could not be constructed by the time that the mine begins operations in 2014.