Queensland’s new Mines Minister popped into Moranbah earlier this week to confirm that the State Government would not approve any further mine developments with 100% FIFO employment practices.
Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham met with Issac Regional Mayor, Anne Baker to reiterate the new State Labor Government’s policy position.
“I want to assure Council and Isaac communities, the State Government will stand by our policy to reject any future applications for 100% FIFO,” Minister Lynham said.
First and foremost, workers wanted to choose where they live and base their families, Mayor Baker said.
“This is a huge win for workers and families in our region, for the newly formed State Government and Queensland; to put a stop to any future 100% forced FIFO practices near established resource communities,” the Mayor said.
“We know when people are given genuine choice; enough will decide to live and work locally to ensure our communities remain sustainable.”
The Mayor said water security, return of planning powers to local governments and priority road infrastructure were some of the other issues discussed with the Minister during his visit.
“This first meeting showed Council the state government is willing to listen and work with local governments on solutions,” the Mayor said.
“The discussions were promising and we look forward to addressing these issues collaboratively with the Minister and state government.”