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Claims Pil­bara re­sources com­pa­nies pre­fer fly-in, fly-out over lo­cal work­ers sparked pas­sion­ate de­bate.

Res­i­den­tial is just good busi­ness. Work­ers aren't wor­ry­ing about their fam­i­lies, friends and part­ners back in Perth, be­cause they live with them. Res­i­den­tial work­ers are fo­cused on the job, not count­ing down the days to get home. Ryan McEwan Some mines don't hap­pen to be any­where near a town so FIFO is the only way to ac­cess them. My hus­band and son do FIFO to a re­mote lo­ca­tion but we also live in a re­gional town, not Perth. Sylvia Rap­ley

The Pil­bara re­lies on vol­un­teers and many dis­agreed with a state­ment by Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Wayne Greg­son that young peo­ple are not do­ing their share. If the Tom Price Emer­gency Ser­vices Cadet unit is any­thing to go by, these are our fu­ture vol­un­teers. Sad to see the com­mis­sioner stat­ing such things .... Ni­cole Kelly

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