Mayor calls for action to save mining communities
ISAAC Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker is calling on state and federal governments to step up and bring about "positive change" to save mining communities from the double impact of an industry downturn and the introduction of 100% fly-in, fly-out workforces.
Cr Baker said BMA's decision to cut 230 jobs from its Saraji mine was a "blow to confidence" for the region.
"Any reduction in employment creates a significant negative impact on our local government area and potentially the wider region," Cr Baker said.
She said the council was "watching with interest" to see how many permanent versus non-permanent residents had been affected by the job cuts.
Cr Baker called on the government to address the "triple bottom line" and current "serious situation" for mining communities in the region.
"Positive change means fairly addressing the triple bottom line - the economic, environmental and social impacts, not just the economic impacts.
"There is an urgent need for state and federal attention on responsible mining practices and I will be formulating a process to bring more attention to this issue," Cr Baker said.