FIFO review urges resource sector to hire more locals

A REVIEW of mines with 90% or more fly-in, fly-out workers has recommended the Queensland Government urge the resource sector to hire more employees from nearby communities.

The review released on Thursday will be considered by the parliamentary inquiry into FIFO and other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland.

The review panel, chaired by re-instated Gladstone Ports Corporation chief Leo Zussino, also recommended collecting more data about FIFO workers to determine trends and impacts.

The report found the government had limited legislative options to control mining workforces that were not local and did not suggest altering existing approvals.

But the panel suggested the government consider options relating to existing 100% FIFO resource projects near communities.

The review's aim was to determine the economic impact of non-resident workforces on resource communities, nearby regional communities and source communities.

The panel, which included Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker, Mackay Regional Council Mayor Deirdre Comerford and Queensland Exploration Council chair Dr Geoff Dickie, met with over 80 stakeholders across Gladstone, Biloela, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Mackay, Moranbah, Townsville, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Toowoomba, Proserpine, Roma and Emerald.