Residents of Queensland mining town Moranbah say a mining company is encouraging workers to move out of their homes.
Community spokesman Jim Pearce said that mining conglomerate Anglo-Coal has offered miners cash incentives of thousand of dollars to leave their homes.
Pearce said that while it has been difficult gaining information from the company, it is his understanding that some people are being offered up to $20 000 to move.
"I understand that that is more about finding accommodation for management of the mines and it just shows really short-term thinking of the mining companies in not considering the needs of the people that actually work at the coal face and cut the coal," he told the ABC.
While Anglo-Coal has confirmed that it is offering incentives for those considering alternative accommodation, it has not stated whether it has offered financial encouragement.