Locals in the Queensland towns of Blackwater and Moranbah are being given their say on the development of more accommodation for FIFO miners.
According to The Morning Bulletin, a proposal has been put forward for the construction of residential developments as well as retail and commercial precincts.
The town of Moranbah has previously been up in arms over miner BMA’s plan to source 100% of its workforce via FIFO as opposed to sourcing a third from the community.
Isaac Regional Council mayor Cedric Marshall said it was important that the community has its say on the increase of FIFO miners in the town.
This community approach comes after the QLD Government stepped back from the issue, claiming it was up to regional councils and miners to work it out.
“Establishing a balance between permanent residents and non-resident workers has become a 21st century issue for the region and we must move away from the old models and 1970s thinking to deal with this extremely important community issue,” Marshall said.
He stated that there will be an ongoing consultation process with the community to reach a solution for non-resident mining accommodation.
The developments will be carried out over the next decade, and are slated to being in April in Blackwater and August in Moranbah.
The coal mine at Blackwater is one of the largest open cut coal mines in Australia.
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