Just one submission made to government's FIFO inquiry

ONLY one submission has been made to the State Government's FIFO inquiry in the week it has been open.

This hotly debated topic has raged for years but it seems there is a reluctance to officially put forward an opinion on the effect of 100% fly-in, fly-out mines.

However, Member for Mirani Jim Pearce, who is heading the inquiry isn't concerned.

"Submissions are pretty hard to do. They take a lot of research and a lot of time and energy," Mr Pearce said.

"And a lot of people don't have the resources to sit down and do it straight away."

Traditionally, there was always a "big rush" in the last 10 days to a week, he said.

"I've done a few inquiries over the years... (everyone's) got a habit of leaving it until the last minute. I'm anticipating we'll get a lot (of submissions)."

BMA's Caval Ridge and Daunia are the only 100% FIFO mines in the Bowen Basin.

Mr Pearce said there had been enormous positive feedback over the inquiry.

"It's one of the most important inquiries that central Queensland has ever had an opportunity to respond to," he said.

"There no doubt the FIFO issue is big. People have said it's caused a lot of heartache and distress.

"There are nearly 3000 empty houses in those (regional) towns. Compare that to having 59 camps and 32,000 beds."

Mr Pearce said the inquiry was an opportunity for everyone who had been impacted by FIFO to have their say.

A spokesperson for Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the Parliamentary inquiry into FIFO and other long-distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland had been referred to the Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Parliamentary Committee on March 27.

Submissions:

  •  Submissions can be made until 4pm on May 25
  •  The committee report is due to be tabled by September 30
  •  All submissions are publicly available online once they have been submitted to the committee
     

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