Go home FIFO workers: Port Hedland locals

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Angry Port Hedland locals have turned out in force for the Port Hedland hearing of the Government’s inquiry into fly-in fly-out work.

According to The West Australian locals attending the hearing spoke out against FIFO workers and the negative impacts they were having on house prices, local facilities, and infrastructure.

Long time resident Sharlene Tressider told the hearing the influx of transient workers had overcrowded once community-friendly areas.

"There are thousands more people using our roads every day, [along with] water, electricity, police and medical services," she said.

"I hope Hedland’s unemployment rate is zero because if it’s not, some FIFO should stay home.

Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett said rents in Port Hedland were between $1,700 and $3,500 a week and the State and Federal Governments should supply incentives to help workers stay in regional areas.

Howlett said most of the ill-feeling towards FIFO workers stemmed from the impact they were having on the accommodation shortage and cost of living.

Yesterday the Finucane Island Sports and Recreation Club said it had banned patrons from wearing work uniforms after employees from rival companies had started fights.

The inquiry also heard from Karratha residents who complained about FIFO workers ruining the sense of community in regional towns.

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