FEARS transient miners will take over Dysart and concerns over the town’s development have prompted residents to form their own action group.
More than 100 people went to a community meeting in Dysart on Tuesday night, where a group was formed to tackle local issues, including the prospect of 100% fly in, fly out workforces.
Mining Communities Advocate Jim Pearce chaired the meeting and said many people in Dysart were becoming more concerned about the impact transient miners were having on their community.
“Dysart, like any other mining town, is feeling the impacts of FIFO,” he said.
Mr Pearce said the Dysart community was concerned about a number of issues, including the poor condition of local roads, future provision of medical care in the town and a pending unit development on a shopping centre site.
He said they also felt that they weren’t getting enough information from council and mining company BMA about their plans for Dysart.
“If the community doesn’t have a good understanding (of issues affecting them) that’s when rumours start,” Mr Pearce said.
The group will prioritise what issues to tackle, but there is no doubt the prospect of 100% FIFO will be on their agenda.
“They don’t want to see DIDO and FIFO take over their communities,” Mr Pearce said.
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