FIFO inquiry to hit the road for regional input

BLACKWATER is a possible venue for regional evidence-gathering meetings proposed by the State Government Parliamentary Committee investigating FIFO practices.

Committee member and Gregory MP Lachlan Millar said chair Jimmy Pearce had asked for input into locations that would deliver a concentration of valuable insights into controversial long-distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland.

"(The meetings) are an opportunity to be able to put all the facts on the table and concerns," Mr Millar said.

"Jim has asked all committee members to put in some ideas of where to hold regional meetings, and obviously the Central Highlands would be a key area.

"But I would also like to see if there is an opportunity for us to hold a meeting in the west, in Barcaldine, with the Galilee Basin seen as the next resource opportunity."

With just one submission received by the committee to date, Mr Millar urged everyone affected to have their say.

"I think we will get more submissions once people get their heads around it," he said.

"But I would encourage anybody, whether it's a shift miner to a miner's wife to a local business to a motel, to anyone who services the mining industry and has been impacted by FIFO, to make a submission."

One of the stated aims of the inquiry is to delve into the impacts on families of rostering practices in mines using FIFO workforces.

Submissions close at 4pm on Monday, May 25.


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