Suicide 'all too real' in FIFO world, warns CQ resident
A DYSART resident of 37 years has warned suicide is becoming "all too real in this world of FIFO".
In Carol Paul's submission to the fly-in, fly-out Queensland Parliament inquiry, she describes the practice as destroying the Central Queensland town.
The inquiry will also cover other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland.
It will consider health impacts on workers and their families and the projected growth in FIFO work practices by region and industry, among other related topics.
Ms Paul said FIFO mining towns were dying and parents were missing important milestones in their children's lives while they were in work camps away from home.
"Kids are missing either their mums or dads. They need them to come home every day, not just every few weeks," she said.
"This is breaking down marriages - where the dad is just a pay cheque coming home at the end of his round, and mum and the kids are getting on with their own lives in another town.
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"Half the town of Dysart has empty houses sitting waiting for people to fill them."
Ms Paul labelled mining companies' decisions to forgo hiring people living near mines in favour of 100% FIFO as discrimination.
Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett also submitted a comprehensive report on FIFO.
The group submitted information about Labor government funding for the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build a "FIFO hub", a dedicated resource sector workforce facility at Hervey Bay airport.
The infrastructure, planning and natural resources committee chair overseeing the inquiry, Mirani MP Jim Pearce, is expecting many submissions to be made about FIFO.
Written submissions are being taken until May 25 and a committee report will be given to parliament on September 30.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham announced a panel on Wednesday which would review FIFO impacts and report back to the inquiry.
Gladstone businessman Leo Zussino, Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker, Mackay Regional Council Mayor Deirdre Comerford and Queensland Exploration Council chair Dr Geoff Dickie will be on the panel.