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'We've won the fight for the people': Govt bans 100% FIFO

Cr Kelly Vea Vea, Jim Pearce MP, Cr Gina Lacey, Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham,.Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk, Mayor Anne Baker and Shane Knuth MP celebrating the landmark win.
Cr Kelly Vea Vea, Jim Pearce MP, Cr Gina Lacey, Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham,.Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk, Mayor Anne Baker and Shane Knuth MP celebrating the landmark win. Isaac Regional Council

ISAAC Regional Council is celebrating a win for mining towns all around Queensland after the State Government adopted the FIFO bill overnight.

The Strong and Sustainable Resources Communities Bill was adopted with both sides of politics supporting it.

The bill will put an end to 100% FIFO mines and give the coordinator general power to punish resource companies for discriminating against potential workers because of where they lived.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker, who has been fiercely advocating for an end to forced fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) practices, witnessed the landmark win with Cr Gina Lacey and Cr Kelly Vea Vea.

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"This bill signifies a clear intent of all sides of government to put mining communities and regions back on a level playing field," Cr Baker said.

"We have won the right for people to make their own living choices no longer is where you live a condition of where you work."

"This bill will also provide genuine ongoing opportunity for communities to have a seat at the table on managing social impacts.

"Today is a win for the people."

Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill would prohibit 100 per cent FIFO for operational workforces, prohibit discrimination in recruitment against local workers and enhance the social impact assessment process.

"The requirements affect large resource projects with 100 or more workers and an environmental authority within a 125km radius of a regional community with at least 200 residents - numbers reached after widespread community consultation," Dr Lynham said.

"A major change is the new provision in the Anti-Discrimination Act that will prevent companies discriminating against locals in the future recruitment of workers and allow FIFO workers to move into the local community if they want to."

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