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Australia’s mining boom puts pressure on local communities

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 30, 2012

As towns near mines become dominated by contract workers, rents rise and the economic and social landscape changes

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Contract workers in one Australian town, Moranbah, number 6,500 to the 8,500 locals, with accommodation to house another 3,500 workers under way. Photograph: AFP

It’s still dark on a chilly winter’s morning in central Queensland and a large city bus enters a residential cul-de-sac. The bungalows here wouldn’t be out of place in a rural version of Neighbours, their large grassy verges perfect for kids to play cricket on.

But the bus has not come to pick up the children. It’s here to take contract workers to their shifts in the town’s mining and construction industries.

Denise Robertson has lived here with her husband and three children for a decade. “We came to Moranbah because it was full of families and children. Every year, we used to have our Christmas BBQs on the street,” she said. “Now it’s full of contractors and we don’t know who is coming and going.”

Seven three-bedroom apartments have been built for fly-in fly-out (Fifo) or drive-in drive-out (Dido) mining industry workers on a single block at the end of the cul-de-sac. Five more apartments have been approved behind Robertson’s house and there is an application in for another three to be built directly opposite.

“Cars come in and go out so often that I don’t know how many people live in the street any more,” said Robertson. Read the rest of this entry »

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