19 September 2011
The Fraser Coast boasts two airports and is ideally positioned to accommodate Fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) operations to the resource sector. Council is working with the aviation industry to develop these access routes for employees to “live here” and “work there”.
Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said the region had in the vicinity of 2,000 employees working in the resource sector.
The survey is aimed at collecting information on:
• The number of employees working in the resource sector;
• How employees travel to work sites ie FIFO, DIDO;
• The location of work sites; and
• What financial assistance is provided by the employer.
“Council has been approached by aviation businesses which are looking to establish FIFO services to the mines, however without knowing how many workers commute and where they are going, developing these routes is proving difficult,” Cr Kruger said.
“With the competitiveness of the resource sector luring more and more people, it is important that the Fraser Coast region develops fast and easy access routes to ensure workers ‘live here’ and ‘work there’.”
The outcome of the survey will assist the aviation industry in engaging with mining companies to develop viable FIFO routes.
Residents who work or who have family who work in the resource sector are urged to complete the survey either on-line or at the Hervey Bay Airport Visitor Information Centre.