Gov under fire for 100% Caval Ridge FIFO

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Queensland Mining Communities president Kelly Vea Vea says Queensland MPs need a backbone check after allowing BMA to use a 100 per cent FIFO workforce at Caval Ridge mine.

Yesterday Vea Vea labelled the approval as “short sighted” and stood outside Parliament House offering MPs a “chiropractic voucher”.

Vea Vea told Central Queensland News the QMC was angry the QLD Government had changed its initial decision about Caval Ridge’s workforce.

“We backed the Government’s original decision, but they back-flipped and gave BHP 100% forced fly-in-fly-out with devastating consequences for families, communities, and Queensland’s future regional development,” she said.

“We have always said workers should have the choice to live with their families in regional communities, but this government has just set a precedent by allowing industry leader BHP to force families into 100% no choice FIFO arrangements.”

Last month it was announced that 80 per cent of BMA’s workforce across all of its operations had to reside in the region.

The decision left the door open for the organisation to utilise a 100 per cent FIFO workforce specifically at Caval Ridge.

The approval for BMA’s Caval Ridge workforce is conditional upon BMA building 400 dwellings, with approximately 160 in nearby Moranbah, by June 2013.

An additional 240 dwellings will be constructed across the Bowen Basin over the next four years.

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