Newman hints at stricter approach to FIFO

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has hinted at the Government taking a stricter approach to fly-in fly-out in order to help develop rural towns.

In a visit to Mount Isa Newman said while FIFO was necessary for some mines, developments built closer to regional centres should try and base the workforce in town.

“What we have to do is take it on a case-by-case basis,” he said.

“If there are new mines to be built in close proximity driving distance from Mount Isa, preferably we will see the families coming here and people relocating here.”

On the same visit Newman also announced plans to visit Japan for four days next month, leading a group of QLD companies on a trade and investment mission.

He also flagged moves to help open up north-west QLD's $10 billion uranium deposits, and said a study was currently underway to find the best way to regulate the industry.

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