100% FIFO no more as mines forced to consider local staff

CURRENT 100% fly in, fly out mines will have to consider local workers for jobs under proposed Queensland Government legislation.

In a response to a parliamentary inquiry into FIFO mines the Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the government would be introducing legislation to make existing and future mines consider job applicants no matter where they live.

The inquiry recommended the government amend the anti-discrimination act to include location which the government said they supported "in principal".

Moranbah Miners coach Dale Bloomfield talks to Daily Mercury reporter Emily Smith about how changes to FIFO will affect the town:

"The government appreciates this was a fundamental recommendation of the inquiry and is proposing to introduce a legislative package, which will ensure that for existing and future resource projects to which the policy applies, any person must be able to apply for a job no matter where they live," the response said.

BHP operates Queensland's two all-FIFO mines at Daunia and Caval Ridge.

ARM Newsdesk successfully campaigned against 100% FIFO mines when Premier Campbell Newman was in power.

Speaking in parliament Dr Lynham said the proposed legislation would mean more jobs for central Queenslanders.

Isaac Regional Council mayor Anne Baker explains why promised changes to FIFO laws will be so important to her region:

 

"Labor believes that if people want to live in resource communities they should have the opportunity to apply for jobs near resource projects," he said.

"Our new policy framework will ensure no 100% FIFO operations in new mines where nearby regional towns have a capable workforce. Existing operations will need to consider locals for employment."

The opposition and BHP have been contacted for comment.

- ARM NEWSDESK

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