One of the Bowen Basin’s most prominent Mayors has lost no time making mileage out of yesterday’s announcement of a snap state election, by calling on candidates to put an end to 100 per cent forced FIFO in her region.
Mayor of Isaac Regional Council, Anne Baker, said Council would lobby candidates to do the right thing for the people living in the mining towns of Moranbah, Clermont, Dysart, Middlemount and surrounds.
Mayor Baker said she welcomed the Deputy Premier’s comments earlier last year that the state government would not support further 100% forced FIFO mining operations in Queensland.
“But what we are seeking from state candidates is a retrospective policy position that would give Queenslanders a choice on where they live and work, ending 100% forced FIFO.”
“What we are advocating for Isaac communities is the adoption of policy ensuring FIFO/DIDO work practice do not become the preferred model.”
“Resource workers must be given the option of residential or non-residential accommodation. Without options, the full benefit from the resources sector for the state is seriously at stake.”
Mayor Baker said that her Council would be looking to the State Government to advocate for the 21 recommendations of the ’Cancer of the bush or salvation for our Cities?’ report on FIFO and DIDO practices, compiled by the Federal Government’s House Standing Committee on Regional Australia.
“We are also concerned about the Royalties for the Regions program,” Mayor Baker said.
“We’re calling for the R4R program to return to its original intent – to help communities better manage the impacts of resources sector development and ensure they remain liveable and sustainable well into the future.”