OPINION ON FIFO with Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers
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OPINION: "Gladstone is a little bit different. It is not a mining town.
We have had FIFO workers on Curtis Island and still have 6000 people flying in and out from other parts of the world. The people who are flying in and flying out know it is a construction job, always knew it was going to finish.
We had a lot of people in Gladstone who follow fly in or fly out. We have people who fly out to Darwin. Gladstone has quite a history of fly in and fly out as it has always been a construction town.
A range of different industries have come here and always had local work force employed. We are looking at 6000 returning to other jobs and some locals who work on the island look for employment in other places. A lot of those people will also take up jobs in maintenance and shut downs.
Maintenance work will be a large area for us in LNG. A lot of locals could look at getting that work in that area. I'm not overly concerned about this phase.
We have always known this was construction and the people who came here also knew that. At no time was this expected to be a long time. My hope that the work on the island in shut down and maintenance is taken up by local workforce."
- Gail Sellers