GVK Hancock has announced the use of bus-in/bus-in services from Emerald to Barcaldine, in a bid to boost regional jobs in the Galilee Basin.
The introduction of BIBO is expected to create sustained, long-term employment for up to 30 years, throughout the region.
GVK Hancock’s General Manager External Affairs Josh Euler said, in a statement, the use of BIBO will “complement the unavoidable need for FIFO services to meet the requirement of more than 4000 direct jobs at our proposed mines”.
“The development of the Galilee Basin will be one of the most significant pieces of regional and economic development our state has seen for decades and our plan aims to promote jobs growth throughout the region, without adversely impacting the region,” he said.
“The bus-in/bus-out service will extend employment benefits from our project to Emerald and Barcaldine and beyond, incorporating additional pick-up and drop-off points along the route at towns such as Jericho and Alpha.
“Fatigue management will be a crucial element of our safety and health management system and employees will be required to commit to personal journey management plans for any travel to and from the terminal points of Emerald, Barcaldine and the airport as a condition of their employment”.
Mr Euler said it would not be possible to commence the mining projects in such a remote and regional area without FIFO arrangements.
“The unavoidable need to use fly-in fly-out in our operational workforce is a crucial element in developing our operations, as well as finding balance with the local communities in the remote vicinity of our proposed operations,” he said.
“Our projects will also create substantial regional jobs growth beyond just our direct workforce with a total of around 20,000 direct and indirect jobs and our goal is to ensure that that growth supports the development of the region in a positive way as well.”