Mine FIFO village plan gets a serve from Knuth
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.