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FIFO 'tears us apart'

While a fly in, fly out workforce in Queensland seems inevitable, Peak Downs mine employee Kate Johnstone questions why residential land owned by mining companies remains vacant.
While a fly in, fly out workforce in Queensland seems inevitable, Peak Downs mine employee Kate Johnstone questions why residential land owned by mining companies remains vacant.

A PEAK Downs mine employee in Moranbah has told the inquiry into fly in, fly out and drive in, drive out workforces the practice "tends to tear families apart".

In a submission to the Standing Committee on Regional Australia, Kate Johnstone said keeping FIFO to the bare minimum would greatly benefit families and couples.

She claimed while the mining companies operating near Moranbah were making billions of dollars, they were not contributing back to the community and offered little opportunity for their employees to live where they work.

"Many people, particularly those with young families enjoy living in Moranbah. The main problem is affordability for those who work for companies that do not provide housing," Mrs Johnstone said.

"What I cannot understand is that in the Isaac Views estate, mining companies own at least 30 vacant lots out there that have been vacant for two years.

"BMA owns a parcel of land at the end of Mills Ave that probably has enough room for 150 houses, it's also been vacant for years.

"There are affordability issues, mining companies are screaming for workers… yet there is all this vacant land in Moranbah owned by mining companies."

Mrs Johnstone said many of her co-workers were often torn away from their young children for up to 10 days at a time.

The Standing Committee on Regional Australia is continuing its inquiries into the use of FIFO and DIDO workforces in regional Australia.

A report will later be tabled in parliament.


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