The mining boom has provided undeinable benefits for the economy of late, but there’s been growing concern over the ramifications this places on residents of mining towns throughout Australia.
Among mining areas in QLD and WA there have been mounting concerns about the impact of “Fly in – Fly out” workers on rural communities. These under-resourced and now over-populated towns are struggling to cope with recent influx of these non-permanent workers as the crime rate rises, health services are squeezed and the roads become more and more dangeours.
Local residents are understandably upset. Though, these “Fly in Fly out” workers have had their own issues to overcome.
Breakfast spoke with Charles Firth from the CFMEU (miners union) this morning to learn more about the growing debate.
Produced by: Ashley Prigent