CQ min­ing town calls for gov­ern­ment help

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TWO years ago Black­wa­ter res­i­dent Sallee Collins and sev­eral other lo­cals formed a com­mit­tee to see if they could get the Premier to tackle the is­sue of work­force ca­su­al­i­sa­tion in the mines.

“We, as a group, wanted to try and be heard,” Sallee said. “The Premier was sup­posed to come out and meet with us in Black­wa­ter; she hasn’t.

The Morn­ing Bul­letin con­tacted the Premier’s of­fice to see if a trip to Black­wa­ter was on the cards.

A re­sponse is­sued by a spokesman for the Premier did not in­di­cate a date for a trip to the min­ing town.

How­ever, he said the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment was im­ple­ment­ing labour hire re­forms to en­sure only op­er­a­tors who com­plied with work­place health and safety laws would be li­censed and em­ploy­ers could only use li­censed op­er­a­tors.

“The gov­ern­ment has also banned 100% fly-in, fly-out mines.

“Work­ers can­not be dis­crim­i­nated against for where they live.”

With no date set for a Black­wa­ter visit, the Premier’s spokesman said the gov­ern­ment was work­ing with lo­cal coun­cils, in­clud­ing Cen­tral High­lands Re­gional Coun­cil, to cre­ate jobs, and de­liver in­fra­struc­ture to ar­eas in need.

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