Love it or F**k off: mining mum tells FIFO workers




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A mother from Pilbara mining town Newman has created a range of bumper stickers hitting back at fly-in-fly-out workers who ridicule the town.

Nicole Willis told The West Australian many people didn’t realise locals enjoyed living in town, and she was sick of FIFO workers “bagging out” the community.

“What they don’t realise is that this is a home town for a lot of us,” she said.

Willis said she had already received over 40 orders for her stickers, the first of which read “Newman: love it or leave it”.

A second sticker currently under design reads “Newman: 2 roads in, 2 roads out, if you don’t like it take one and f**k off”.

Willis said it was frustrating to see mining towns and communities play a role in supporting FIFO workers only to see them criticise the town and spend nothing on local business.

"The thing these people don’t get is that they’re all up here to make money, [the town] is helping them out but they don’t spend a cent here and then bag us out," she said.

FIFO workers are also fracturing mining communities in Queensland, with BMA’s plan to use a 100 per cent FIFO workforce at the Caval Ridge mine has drawn the ire of some locals.

A focus on FIFO is also being blamed as contributing to the lack of permanent housing development in mining communities, leading to skyrocketing house prices.

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