Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Decision on 100% FIFO in September; Treasurer Extends Deadline

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Decision on 100% FIFO in September; Treasurer Extends Deadline

Article excerpt

MINING company BMA will likely have to wait until September for a decision on its controversial 100% fly-in fly-out (FIFO) camp, with the State Government needing more time to make a decision on the Caval Ridge project.

BMA wants to construct a camp outside Moranbah, south-west of Mackay, and fill it with a total FIFO workforce. The local council has rejected the application, after it had received State Government approval.

Treasurer Andrew Fraser is reviewing the proposal. A decision was initially expected this month, but the deadline has been pushed back to September.

Mr Fraser said the deadline had been moved to give fair consideration to all public submissions.

Caval Ridge is staffed by a 70% FIFO workforce, with BMA chief Stephen Dumble saying increasing that level would not damage the region.

Mr Dumble said a total FIFO workforce was required to deal with the skills shortage in the region.

He said the company was committed to increasing its regional workforce, and wanted to balance the needs of both the Moranbah community and the company. …

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