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The Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce is working on a late submission into the Federal Government’s fly-in-fly-out inquiry after it missed the deadline.
According to the North West Star despite the large role of FIFO and resources companies in north-west Queensland, the inquiry did not receive any submission from the area.
Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce president Brett Peterson told the North West Star the Government had agreed to accept a late submission.
Peterson said the MICC submission would work to detail the negative impacts FIFO work would have on local communities and businesses.
He said while FIFO was a “necessary evil” governments and communities needed to work on making mining towns attractive places to live.
The MICC said it had not been formally notified of the Government’s FIFO inquiry and the Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone also said it had not initially been advised.
The MITEZ said it was also working on a late submission to be accepted by the Government.
While most resources companies are looking to expand their FIFO workforces to accommodate new expansions, the topic remains a divisive issue in mining communities.
Last week the Town of Port Hedland rejected BHP’s plan to build an extra 6,000 bed camp near its existing FIFO developments.