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The Regional Australia Committee will be holding hearings on the impact of fly-in fly-out workers on regional communities in Queensland next week.

According to The Daily Mercury the RAC has scheduled meetings in Moranbah and Mackay for the 22nd and 23rd of February.

The Federal Government committee is designed to investigate inquiries referred to it by the Government or House of Representatives, and is currently inquiring into FIFO work practices.

The Moranbah Traders Association told The Daily Mercury the association had already made a submission to the inquiry highlighting the social strain and infrastructure problems FIFO work was having on regional communities.

Moranbah Medical has also made a submission highlighting the difficulties doctors had with FIFO patients.

Despite the growing unpopularity of FIFO with some locals it continues to be a focus point for mining companies struggling to fill mining jobs.

Earlier this week a spokesperson for Federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said mining companies had made private submissions pushing for Enterprise Migration Agreements to replace some 457 visa arrangements.

The news was followed by an announcement by Queensland Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman that he would not support large increases in FIFO work.

The Committee will also visit Cairns and Brisbane next week, before moving on to Canberra, Western Australia, and New South Wales.

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