Drunk FIFO workers ruining towns




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Fly-in fly-out mining workers are ruining Pilbara communities with increased fights, rubbish, and public urination, a Government inquiry has heard.

Yesterday the Federal inquiry into FIFO held its first WA hearing in Karratha, and heard from locals on the negative impacts transient workers were having on mining towns.

According to AAP Point Samson Community Association representative John Graham said the influx of male workers was destroying the sense of community in some towns.

"It’s changed the whole setting of this area … women especially don’t feel safe walking around," he said.

Graham said litter was also a concern and one local couple had collected 55 bags full of stubbies in the first six weeks of the year.

He also said many FIFO workers not living in camps were living in overcrowded houses.

"The place, it’s overloaded," he said.

"It’s short term, but it’s to the detriment of communities."

The inquiry is set to hear from wtinesses in Port Hedland today and locals from Broome on Friday.

Last month the inquiry travelled to mining towns in Queensland and heard similar complaints from Moranbah locals.

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