Time to give ‘good’ FIFO workers a fair go

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Workers from Spence Contracting and OSCO modular construction, installing an elevator for wheelchair access at Leichhardt Accommodation’s new development. – Picture: LAURA MARSHALL/5596FLY IN, fly out (FIFO) workers have attracted unnecessary negative connotations, according to the owner of a Mount Isa accommodation facility.
Nanjing Night Net

Leichhardt Accommodation owner Glen Ashmore said yesterday there were two types of FIFO workers, and he was committed to housing the ‘good’ kind.

“If a mine flies workers to the airport, picks them up in a bus, transports them 80 kilometres out of the city, feeds and houses them there and buses them back, then that’s FIFO,” he said.

“But if you have a worker who flies in and flies out, but who comes into town and helps build something better for our town, they’re a local to me.”

The Leichhardt Accommodation facility was currently under construction to bring the number of modular units at the facility from 36 rooms to 84 rooms, and eventually to 136 rooms by next year.

Mr Ashmore said the facility catered to tourists and short-stay residents, but mostly workers such as contractors, medical workers, service providers, tradesmen and more recently power station employees.

“There are a lot of FIFO people here who support the community and support the town, like service providers,” he said.

“FIFO is not beneficial to the community but if they live and stay here, and frequent our facilities, we need to give them a fair go even though they’re FIFO.”

Mr Ashmore said he owned a number of units and homes across the city, and he had learned it could be beneficial to accommodate workers with tourists.

He said workers could often provide information to tourists and maintain their interest in the community, but the facility didn’t have a policy on keeping a certain number of rooms free for tourism.

“If we have any vacancies then it’s not a problem to accommodate them, but lately we’ve had to turn away around 30 people a day,” Mr Ashmore said.

“We want to accommodate people in this town who work and contribute to it.”

The new facility will include both an indoor and outdoor gym, a dining hall, a pool and a recreation room, and will be opening officially mid-December.

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