Rio starts FIFO flights to Clermont

A RETURN flight service from Maroochydore to Clermont begins this week for the small number of Rio Tinto Coal Australia's existing Clermont Mine workers who live on the Sunshine Coast and have previously been commuting via Brisbane.

The 36 seat Dash-8 service will operate two return trips a week.

A Rio Tinto Coal Australia representative said the company was "committed to ensuring the health and safety of its workforce and has introduced this service to provide a more convenient and shorter commute to site for existing Sunshine Coast-based workers".

"RTCA's recruitment strategy supports local employment wherever possible," the representative said.

"We have a track record of minimising our fly-in, fly-out workforce, and the majority of our permanent employees live in the communities either around our operations or within driving distance.

"Since Clermont Mine became operational in April 2010 we have been working with our permanent workforce to increase the number of our workers who live in the local community."


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