Extension for decision on 100% FIFO workforce



The Queensland government has requested more time to make a decision on the controversial mining camp near Moranbah.

There has been intense debate about the application from mining company BMA to have a 100 per cent fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce.

The state government approved the mine, south west of Mackay, but it was then rejected by the local council.

The case is being examined by state Treasurer Andrew Fraser and was supposed to conclude this month.

The state government has now requested an extension on the deadline until September, saying it needs more time to work through all the public submissions.

It also maintains the Mackay region will not be adversely affected by the plan, while the local council is considering reopening an unused terminal at the Gold Coast mine exclusively for FIFO workers.

"The Government certainly believes that the more you can have people in local communities absolutely the better it is," Local Government Minister Paul Lucas told the ABC, adding that it will not affect the regionalisation plan to increase tourism and share revenue across the region.

"Fly-in, fly-out is not the ideal situation in most instances but it has and does happen in the past.

"The plan is designed to cope with the very significant growth we have had in the region and will continue to have long into the future."

Last month BMA weighed in on the debate surrounding the company’s proposed 100 per cent FIFO workforce, saying plans have been misunderstood.

BMA boss Stephen Dumble the company does want to create residential jobs in Moranbah and the Bowen Basin.

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