CQ first choice for travelling mine workers

THE Gold and Sunshine Coasts can’t compete with the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton when it comes to offering choice for FIFO, DIDO or FIDO mine workers, according to Capricorn Enterprise.

“Fifty-seven thousand mine workers are currently employed in the Central Queensland mining boom region encompassing the Bowen, Surat and Galilee basins,” said chief executive Mary Carroll.

“While the need to source workers from all over the country and overseas is currently needed, our destination is punching above our weight when it comes to choice of residency.”

Latest figures from the Office of Economic and Statistical Research showed 54% of mine workers in the Central Highlands and 50% from the Banana Shire lived on the Capricorn Coast or in Rockhampton.

“The issue of FIFO, DIDO or FIDO is about providing choice for mining workers and their families,” Ms Carroll said. “Statistics clearly reveal this region remains the preferred residency of choice, particularly for Bowen Basin workers.”


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