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Anti FIFO petition to Campbell Newman attracting widespread support

MoranbahAirportFIFO in the Bowen Basin is under fire with Nebo businesswoman, Kerri Furber, well on her way to collecting 5000 signatures in a petition destined for the desk of Premier Campbell Newman.

At the time of writing, over 1000 people had already signed the petition calling for BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s 100% fly-in, fly-out workforce decision to be reversed.

Speaking to the Mackay Mercury, Ms Furber said she started the petition last Friday after “returning to work following a few months break and realising how bad the situation had become.”

“It was getting quiet leading up to Christmas, but it’s very noticeable now,” Ms Furber said.

The 100% FIFO workforce and the effect it is having had been a hot topic, Ms Furber said, but a petition hadn’t been organised.

“I thought ‘I’m going to do it’,” she said. “I put it online and I thought we need to get it out there to let the Government know that it’s hurting.

“We’re not being greedy, we don’t want 100% of the jobs. Although that would be good. But even with the chance of a 50-50 (FIFO to locals ratio), there’s a lot of skilled people out there that have been here for years.”

She said the 100% FIFO ruling affected all small mining towns including Clermont, Dysart and Moranbah.

To sign the petition, visit http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/campbell-newman-reverse-decision-on-100-f-i-f-o-in-the-bowen-basin

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