Miners don’t want temporary accommodation: union

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The United Mine Workers Union says workers in western New South Wales don’t want to live in temporary accommodation.

UMWM western district president Andy Honeysett told the ABC temporary accommodation villages did not benefit the community or mining families.

“Mining camps are no good for family environment because the person in the camp, they’re away from their family if their rosters are seven on, seven off or something like that,” he said.

Honeysett said some work contracts made it difficult for employees to see their family.

He said many workers did not want to live in temporary accommodation and wanted homes that provided for their families.

He also said most rentals and motels were usually booked out and finding alternative accommodation was difficult and expensive.

Honeysett’s comments follow reports of rising rent prices in Mount Isa.

The North West Star reported today that median rent for dwellings in Mount Isa was $370 compared to the Queensland average of $340.

Queensland Shelter senior policy officer Noelle Hudson told the North West Star high wages from the mining industry were driving the price squeeze.

She said the vacancy rate in Mount Isa was currently 0.8 per cent but the norm had usually hovered around three per cent.

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