The path has been cleared for a 100% fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workforce at BMA's Caval Ridge Mine near Moranbah, following the State Government's recent decision to approve BMA's the 100% FIFO workforce.
While the news is considered "a slap in the face" by some members of the Moranbah community, the company says it will not make a decision about the make up of the mine's workforce until later this year.
The Coordinator General's approval requires BMA to have 80% of its workforce "across all its operations" residing in the region. This clears the path for 100% FIFO at the mine.
The approval is conditional upon BMA building 400 dwellings, with 160 to be built in Moranbah by June 2013 and another 240 to be constructed across the Bowen Basin during the next four years.
Approval of BMA's Buffel Park Accommodation Village was also announced yesterday.