Gold Coast wants flights to mining towns

A Gold Coast airport boss says unemployment in the region could be solved by introducing flights from the city’s airport to key mining areas in regional Queensland.

Paul Donovan, the Gold Coast Airport boss told Gold Coast Business meetings between the airport company and airlines will be taking place soon to introduce flights to mining areas including Mackay, Emerald and Gladstone.

”There is no better place to live than the Gold Coast, so the opportunity for people to live here and work somewhere else makes sense,” he told local media.

Donovan said flights from the Gold Coast to Mount Isa and Perth are already attracting mine workers working on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers.

Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser suggested the Gold Coast should capitalise on FIFO workers to boost jobs when he visited the region yesterday.

Last week it was revealed the unemployment rate on the Gold Coast hit 8.1 per cent in February, considerably higher than the national average of 4.9 per cent.

Earlier this month, LNP leader Campbell Newman said he understands the FIFO culture residents in Moura are fighting against because he used to be one of them.

He expressed his concerns about the increasing number of FIFO workers in the state, which have recently seen protests with over 350 people campaigning against the increasing number in the Bowen basin.

The debate about FIFO work has increased in recent years, with many arguing it negatively impacts on communities, families and workers, while others say the work type is prone to stereotypes.

Image: Australian Airport Guide

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