Communication Makes It Bearable

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Communication Makes It Bearable


HOW does a woman move a wall unit?

Ask Mooloolah's Mel Lindsay.

As the wife of a fly-in fly-out worker, Mel has had to learn how to do a lot of things on her own, from mowing the lawn to shifting furniture.

"It does make you more self-reliant," she said.

Mel's husband Peter has worked as a fly-in fly-out worker since their son Byron, 3, was born.

He decided to look for work away because it was hard to find decent work on the Sunshine Coast.

"He'd worked in the canvas industry for 10 years but when he looked at other jobs on the Coast, the pay was really poor, so he started looking at the mines.

"You can get trade skills up there and good qualifications and the hopefully come back to the Coast and get a good job."

Her husband's FIFO work means that they have been able to afford for Mel to be a stay-at-home mum to Byron.

But it also means that she is effectively a single mother every second week while her husband is away working.

"I don't have any family, which makes it really hard. I can't just call someone and say, a[approximately]I need a break'," she said.

"For a non-FIFO mum, at the end of the day, the dad comes home and you can say, a[approximately]Take the child for an hour or can you help with some of the routine?' Whereas, when you're on your own, you have to make all the decisions and you have to deal with it all. …

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