Sign the petition to fight the FIFO scourge
A CENTRAL Queensland businessman is taking the fight against 100% fly-in, fly-out mines into his own hands, launching a petition that has already secured more than 500 signatures.
Former head of Moranbah Traders Association Peter Finlay is calling on the Queensland Government to allow workers the choice of living locally, a response to two major coalmines recruiting workers entirely from south-east Queensland and Cairns.
BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance won State Government permission to hire all 1000 staff for its Caval Ridge and Daunia mines from out of town.
According to both BMA and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, this allows mining wealth to be more evenly distributed across the state.
Those from mining towns including Moranbah are concerned as a downturn means jobs are harder to come by, particularly in regional areas.
APN is campaigning against allowing companies and the State Government to lock out local workers.
Mr Finlay said the 100% FIFO arrangement had a "massive effect" on Moranbah.
"Caval Ridge is 6km from the post office in Moranbah - to work there you have to be a resident in Cairns or Brisbane; how smart is that?"
"It's driving people out of town."
Mr Finlay said the LNP Government had a policy of opposing 100% FIFO workforces, but relented after taking power.
LNP member for Mirani Ted Malone penned his own petition against 100% FIFO in 2011 - it garnered 3317 signatures.
At the time, Mr Malone said 100% FIFO "will have a detrimental effect on mining communities and the region, both socially and economically, and it is feared it will set a precedent".
Mr Malone did not respond to questions posed by APN.
In an email, he said "as a principle I am opposed to total fly-in, fly-out".
To sign Mr Finlay's petition, visit: http://www.bit.ly/Q5sgk5
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