Mine FIFO vil­lage plan gets a serve from Knuth

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JOHN McCARTHY

AN MP who has the job of in­ves­ti­gat­ing fly- in, fly- out min­ing projects has blasted the lat­est pro­posal for 3000- per­son FIFO vil­lage in cen­tral Queensland.

The $ 6.7 bil­lion China Stone coal project is con­sid­er­ing the sixth po­ten­tial megamine for the Galilee Basin and will want a large FIFO work­force.

Kat­ter Party MP Shane Knuth, who sits on the Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Plan­ning and In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee, said com­mu­ni­ties in Cler­mont and Char­ters Tow­ers had not even been asked about the project or whether they had work­ers ca­pa­ble of fill­ing the roles.

“This is all be­ing put in place with­out any dis­cus­sion with the com­mu­ni­ties in places like Cler­mont,’’ Mr Knuth said.

The FIFO strategy has been crit­i­cised for leav­ing lo­cals un­able to ap­ply for jobs at two of BHP Bil­li­ton’s mines, which were ap­proved with com­pul­sory FIFO con­di­tions. Re­gional busi­nesses have also claimed that the mines by­pass them when fill­ing or­ders.

“The first pri­or­ity is how do we fill the 300 empty homes in Mo­ran­bah and Dysart and the 250 in Char­ters Tow­ers,’’ Mr Knuth said.

The homes have been left empty since the min­ing boom ended.

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