CQ’s 100% FIFO mines under review

QUEENSLAND'S new mining minister Anthony Lynham has announced a review into two mines currently operating a 100% fly-in-fly-out workforce, including BMA's Daunia and Caval Ridge mines in Central Queensland.

The Natural Resources and Mines Minister also said the new government would make sure the state would not have any more 100% FIFO mines approved.

But a spokeswoman for BMA, the company that runs Daunia and Caval Ridge mines, said all residential, drive-in-drive-out and FIFO workers had roles to play in the resources industry.

Mr Lynham told ABC radio this week that a review would start "as soon as possible".

This follows Labor's election commitment to put an end to 100% FIFO mines being approved.

"People don't want this issue left up in the air," Mr Lynham said. "Families are listening to when this is going to be sorted.

"We do hope that we can sit down with the mining companies and just have a sensible chat and work out solutions to this problem."

The BMA spokeswoman said of the company's eight mines in Central Queensland, 90% of their 9000 employees and contractors lived locally or commuted from the region's coastal communities including Mackay, Whitsundays and Rockhampton.

Of their total workforce, she said 10% were FIFO workers, including 245 people from Cairns and 800 people from Ipswich, Logan, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane areas.

"BMA is committed to continuing to support our local communities, with the Daunia and Caval Ridge mines supported by over 200 Mackay and Moranbah-based contractors," she said.

Queensland Resources Council chief Michael Roche said earlier this week that 100% FIFO mines were a "furphy".

"Even at the two mines in the Bowen Basin that are supposedly 100% FIFO there are 200 locals working in those mines," he said.

"What we have heard from the government is they want to more opportunities for locals and I'm sure we can deliver that."

Meanwhile, Mr Lynham told ABC that any future approvals for FIFO workforces would be decided on a mine-by-mine basis.

While he said local people should be able to access local jobs in nearby mines, some mines were more remote.

"It's all under negotiation at the moment," he said.


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