Last week, it was announced that Indian-owned Adani Mining Pty Ltd would consider flying off-shore workers directly to its 2011 acquired Moray Downs property in the Galilee Basin, west of Clermont, where it also proposed to build a new 2500-person mining town.
Several large-scale mining companies were in confidential talks with the Federal Government about replacing 457 visas with Enterprise Migration Agreements, which would allow the fly-in fly-out (FIFO) transportation of overseas labour to tackle massive job shortages in the resources sector.
The prospect of any coal miner flying 'jumbo' jets full of overseas workers directly into a proposed Galilee Basin mine site has sent shockwaves through the region. However, Adani has maintained it has always aimed to exhaust all available work sources in Australia before turning overseas.
I have seen some speculation that the proposed Alpha Airport redevelopment could produce a runway big enough to handle a Boeing B747!