Six communities in the Maranoa and Banana regions will have greater access to mining jobs after being declared ‘nearby regional communities’ under the Queensland Government’s Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act 2017.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick says the state’s independent Coordinator-General had exercised his powers under the Act following successful requests from the Maranoa Regional and Banana Shire Councils.
“The base case situation in the legislation is that a community of 200 people or more is a ‘nearby regional community’ when it is within 125 kilometres of a large resource project.”
“Following commencement of the Act and publication of the initial list of 61 projects, requests were made by local councils for the Coordinator-General to exercise his discretionary powers under the Act to include or exclude towns as ‘nearby regional communities.”
“The Coordinator-General carefully considered these requests and consulted on them and has decided to include six new ’Nearby Regional Communities’ (NRCS) – namely Cracow, Yuleba, Jackson, Hodgson, Muckadilla and Amby under the Act.”
Cracow is now a NRC for the Cracow Mine; Yuleba and Jackson are now NRCs for the Cameby Downs Mine; and Yuleba, Jackson, Hodgson, Muckadilla and Amby are NRCs for the Gladstone LNG project.
THE Minister says the move is good news for these communitie.
“Their inclusion ensures that residents have access to fair job opportunities as the Act prohibits 100 % FIFO for operational workforces and prohibits discrimination in the future recruitment of operational workers.”
Mr Dick says the initial list was based on towns categorised by the ABS as a locality or urban centre with over 200 residents within 125-kilometre radius of large resource projects and included projects that were operational or under construction.
“However, in some instances, it made sense to include towns that did not fit the criteria exactly.”