Lifestyle the lure for miners
ACCORDING to a survey conducted by local employment experts, AWX, the Bowen Basin is more than a career destination for the mining industry, it is a lifestyle destination.
The survey, which canvassed the opinion of 100 business leaders within mining and related mining support industries, found that the greatest thing about living and working in the mining industry in the Bowen Basin was the outdoor, adventure lifestyle coupled with the friendly nature of the locals.
"It was nice to hear how passionate people were about the lifestyle to be lived in Central Queensland towns," AWX Mining Queensland manager Tino Magatelli said.
"What most people love about living and working out here is the wide open spaces, boating, camping, fishing and four wheel driving."
It was not only the long-time locals who praised the region as a lifestyle destination, the survey also confirmed of the people who have permanently relocated to the Bowen Basin for work, only a small number of people left again within the first 12 months.
"Bowen Basin as a lifestyle destination might not be obvious to a lot of people outside the region, however people come here for work and find themselves staying long-term to build their lives and raise families here," Mr Magatelli said.
The survey results also found 77% of respondents said they recruited people from the local area to fill job vacancies.
It was clear there was a genuine preference amongst employers in the mining industry in the Bowen Basin to recruit a local workforce.
"Recruiting from our own back yard is the preferred option when it comes to filling local jobs," Mr Magatelli said.
"When you live in such close-knit communities, people want to support each other wherever possible."
It was also evident through the survey that just over 50% of respondents recruited people from other parts of Australia to relocate to the Bowen Basin permanently.
This strategy still had 'local' stamped to it as it brought fresh skills to the town and still had a strong focus on building the community. Nearly 30% of these respondents said this method of recruitment made up a large proportion (60-100%) of their workforce.
AWX has local offices in Emerald and Mackay.