Bus-in, bus-out jobs promised for Galilee Basin
GVK Hancock has opened the door to regional employment at its Galilee Basin mining operations.
External affairs general manager Josh Euler said, while a large component of the 4000-strong operational workforce at the company's three Galilee Basin mining projects - Alpha, Alpha West and Kevin's Corner - would be FIFO, the corporate plan was to boost local job opportunities.
There will be a portion of workers bussed in and out from Emerald to Barcaldine to "create sustained, long-term employment throughout the region".
Journeys will vary but will be about 200km for some workers.
"This bus-in, bus-out service will complement the unavoidable need for FIFO services," Mr Euler said.
"The service will extend employment benefits from our project to Emerald and Barcaldine and beyond, incorporating additional pick-up and drop-off points along the route at towns such as Jericho and Alpha.
"Fatigue management will be a crucial element of our safety and health management system and employees will be required to commit to personal journey management plans for any travel to and from the terminal points of Emerald, Barcaldine and the airport as a condition of their employment.
"Unfortunately, it would not be possible to commence significant operations like ours in such a remote regional area without also incorporating FIFO arrangements and any attempt to do so would pose various impacts to surrounding communities such as overheating the local property market."
Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire described it as "fantastic news".
"With all the downsizing we've seen in the industry, it's great to know there are some opportunities again.