• Kalgoorlie ‘losing fight’ against FIFO
Kalgoorlie ‘losing fight’ against FIFO
17 Jul, 2019, No Comment

Summary: Kalgoorlie-Boulder is “losing the fight” against fly-in, fly-out work practices, according to the City’s mayor, and urgently needs bold policy to bring residential workers back to the region.....

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The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder council will mull taking a hard-line stance against the practice at next Monday’s council meeting, with Mayor John Bowler claiming “no one is on our side” in the fight to lure residents to the region.


The City has also joined Pilbara business groups in condemning Rio Tinto’s campaign spruiking the benefits of FIFO to regional towns.


Mr Bowler said the council no longer believed mining companies or the State Government had the best interests of Kalgoorlie-Boulder at heart.


“I have had enough,” he said.


“The (companies) are lazy, they are based in Perth, their procurement is coming out of Perth increasingly, and they are not buying local.


“Some companies donate the occasional sponsorship or put a bit into community events, but nowhere near what good corporate citizens should do, and with their tendency away from residential to FIFO they are further undermining what little bit they do for the community.”


Mr Bowler said the city should be “bursting at the seams” given recent investment, but FIFO practices were quashing growth potential.


Labor’s Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Kyle McGinn rubbished the attack, claiming the City’s own migration policy was doing little to help the situation.



“I think the State Government is doing all we can with getting policy mechanisms right on local content and local drivers,” he said.


“We have the City talking about a (Designated Area Migration Agreement), which again looks for foreign workers when we are looking for local workers.


“We should be looking at the car industry and ... transitioning families with skills from there across to Kalgoorlie. The easy option is to bring in foreign workers, and we have just opened the gate to that.”


Liberal State Member for Kalgoorlie Kyran O’Donnell said the State Government and companies could both do more to provide incentives for residential workers.


“Everyone knows that mining pays well, but when the monies earned are taken away from the town and community, there is a flow-on effect not only financial-wise but also community-wise,” he said.


“At the moment, tax incentives favour FIFO and I believe that the Fringe Benefit Tax needs to be altered.


“Where possible, families should be kept together, and this is where incentives by employers can be beneficial.”


Rio Tinto’s report found the miner’s regional FIFO program injected $199.4 million into the economies of regional towns outside the Pilbara in 2018.


Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said the company was delivering for WA’s regional economies by providing jobs and supporting local businesses and community groups.


 

Tom Zaunmayr and Alicia Perera, 17/07/2019, www.thewest.com.au/news/kalgoorlie-miner/kalgoorlie-losing-fight-against-fifo-ng-b881261248z

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