Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Communication Falls Short; BMA Admits It Could Have Handled Its Fly-In, Fly-Out Consultation Process Much Better

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Communication Falls Short; BMA Admits It Could Have Handled Its Fly-In, Fly-Out Consultation Process Much Better

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Pamela Frost

APN Newsdesk

news@dailymercury.com.au

BMA admits it could have done a better job at communicating when it changed its fly-in, fly-out practices.

Speaking at a Queensland Resources Council forum on Friday, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance asset president, Lucas Dow, said if he had his time again, the company would have done a "better job" at communicating its push towards making some of the mines comprise mostly FIFO workers.

In responding to a panel question about earning a "social licence" to operate in communities, Mr Dow said: "We've been in the news quite a bit of late, around, for example, FIFO practices."

He said the "100% FIFO" attitude was completely false; a message that could have been communicated more effectively.

"We've got local contractors engaged at those places, so it's probably closer to around 80% (FIFO) 20% (local)," he said.

"We haven't been nearly as effective in telling our story as we could have been. …

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