CQ mining town calls for government help
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.