Central Highlands adopts new policy on FIFO workforce
THE Central Highlands Regional Council has adopted a draft FIFO policy, which will guide future camp developments in the region.
Spearheaded by Community and Development Services general manager Brad Duke, the draft Non-resident Workforce Accommodation Policy was resoundingly welcomed by all councillors at Wednesday's council meeting.
The policy stipulates any camp development must be in response to a "demonstrated need and address any detrimental social or economic impact", which was a major focus of the Federal Parliament's FIFO inquiry report, released on Wednesday.
The policy mandates coal and gas industry workforces must be integrated within the nominated towns in locations close to the mining operation or on the actual mining lease.
Proposed camps with a lifespan of more than two years are "strongly encouraged" to integrate into the local community, with permanent construction outcomes.
While councillors welcomed the comprehensive policy, Cr Paul Bell raised the concern it didn't incorporate the key findings and recommendations of the federal FIFO report.