FIFO numbers will be 'negotiated' by government

ACTING Premier Jackie Trad has said the levels of fly-in, fly-out workers allowed at a newly approved central Queensland mine will be subject to a "negotiation process".

The BHP Mitsubishi Alliance Red Hill Mining project north of Moranbah was approved under strict workforce conditions.

The Coordinator-General stipulated the percentage of FIFO workers must be less than 100% and people from all regions can apply for jobs.

After a speech about infrastructure and trade to Queensland industry leaders in Brisbane on Thursday, Ms Trad said the Coordinator-General's decision reflected the government's policy.

"The commitment that we took to the last election is that we would prohibit 100% FIFO and that was very much based on the feedback we got from rural mining communities throughout regional Queensland," she said.

"About their exclusion from mining workforces, particularly those projects that were very close to their communities.

"How the workforce is mapped out going forward will be a negotiation process based on the environmental impact statement.

"That is an issue that will be ongoing and will be subject to negotiations with both the mining company and the potential workforce."

The project involves construction of a new underground coal mine and expansion of the existing Broadmeadow and Goonyella Riverside coal mines 135km south-west of Mackay.

BMA said the project would create 2000 construction jobs and 1500 operational jobs at peak production.

The proposal will now face environment approval processes, public consultation and potentially Land Court hearings.

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