FIFO numbers to boom in QLD north west

 Close to 80% of all new miners in Queensland’s north west will be fly in fly out, according to the latest research from the Queensland Resources Council.

The latest report from the QRC, compiled by Deloitte Access Economics, shows that while another 1300 FIFO miners will be needed to run the region’s mining operation, only an additional 400 workers will need to be located locally, the NorthWest Star reports.

"The existing relevant workforce in growth regions s already largely fully utilised and it will take time to develop the necessary infrastructure to accommodate an accelerated influx of additional residential workers," the report said.

The mayor of Mount Isa John Molony expressed his disappointment at the news.

"I would expect that during the project development stage, workers would be catered for with a work camp.

"However, once a project settles down to operational status it would anticipate the conditioning of the mining application and project application to contain State Government requirements that operational staff housing be constructed in the nearest township," he said.

However, the numbers of non-resident construction workers for the region is highly unbalanced, with only 2% of the workforce expected to be local.

For the Bowen Basin the mining workers numbers are fairly similar, with a 75% FIFO workforce, while in the Surat Basin the ratio is predicted to be more even, with only a 55% FIFO mining workforce.

The report also highlights the expected boom in the State’s coal industry as the Galilee Basin begins operations in 2014 and the Bowen Basin doubles production.

Overall the resources sector in QLD is predicted to need another 40 000 workers in the period up to 2020.