NO SPACE: Formerly a family home, this property is now a boarding house for workers. It is one of many properties being snapped up by investors during the mining boom. Photo: Contributed
NO SPACE: Formerly a family home, this property is now a boarding house for workers. It is one of many properties being snapped up by investors during the mining boom. Photo: Contributed

FIFO inquiry sits today

DYSART residents hope today's Moranbah sitting of the federal inquiry of fly in, fly out workforce practices is not simply a token gesture to satisfy the growing concerns of a community in crisis.

  • Skyrocketing rents
  • Accomodation shortages
  • Lack of families in town
  • Urged to learn from WA
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Rents have skyrocketed in mining towns such as Moranbah and Dysart, leaving families struggling to afford living in the areas.

It's an issue that prompted Dysart Community Action Association president Rose Kouwenhoven to compile a comprehensive submission for the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia, which detailed the extent of the rental and community issues in town.

"We're (the DCAA) are not having a go at BMA or the government," Ms Kouwenhoven said.

"It's about showing the issues how they are right now."

Ms Kouwenhoven said resource giant BMA had invested millions of dollars in the Dysart community, but recent upgrades to facilities such as the recreation centre were virtually wasted because of the lack of families in town.

"The chances of having six unrelated blokes living next to you as a neighbour are far higher than it is to have a family living there," she said.

"We've got fabulous sporting fields and facilities in town, but there is no one here to use them."

Ms Kouwenhoven said she would like the DCAA to get in contact with a Western Australian mining community to understand how their region, particularly in the Pilbara, has dealt with the mining boom.

She said Dysart, and other Bowen Basin communities, would be able to adopt similar strategies in order to retain the number of families in town.


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