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The Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce says the Federal Government’s fly-in fly-out inquiry should visit the NT.

Over the last week the inquiry has heard from regional communities in Western Australia and from other stakeholders in Perth.

Earlier in the year it visited mining regions in Queensland, including Moranbah, Mackay, Brisbane, and Cairns.

Regional communities from both resource states expressed concerns about the stress FIFO was having on infrastructure, health services, and community atmosphere.

Medical experts also gave evidence on the risk the FIFO lifestyle could place on the personal health of workers.

The inquiry is set to visit NSW in May and VIC in June, making the NT one of the few regions of Australia not considered.

ABC News reports Chamber CEO Chris Young said the NT was set for a large increase in FIFO work and the Government should have considered the state for its inquiry.

"We may not have the FIFO pressures that Western Australia has at the moment but they are going to be coming to the Territory in the next 12 months," he said.

"I am a bit disappointed they have not seen fit to talk to us this time around."

Young told the ABC he was concerned by the time the NT started experiencing the complications of FIFO work it would be "too late" to learn from other regions.

Earlier this year the Fraser Institute ranked the NT ahead of WA as the best region in Australia for mining potential.

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