McGowan drive cuts FIFO numbers

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 5 : 17-May-21

The number of east coast-based ‘fly-in fly-out’ workers in Western Australia’s mining sector was estimated at between 4,000 and 5,000 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chamber of Minerals & Energy estimates that about 2,000 of these workers have relocated to WA since Premier Mark McGowan urged them to do so in May 2020. CME CEO Paul Everingham says the number of FIFO workers in the state’s mining sector could eventually fall to around 1,000. However, he believes that a labour shortage means that resources groups will need to continue to recruit workers from interstate.

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THE CHAMBER OF MINERALS AND ENERGY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET

Eastern exodus as job mine runs dry

Original article by Victoria Laurie
The Australian – Page: 4 : 27-Sep-17

The downturn in Western Australia’s resources boom has prompted a growing number of people to move interstate, reversing the internal migration trend that boosted the state’s population at the peak of the boom. Data from the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre shows that just 7,700 people moved to WA in 2016, while 11,300 left the state. Rebecca Cassells of Curtin University notes that the number of people moving to WA has traditionally been closely aligned with the iron ore price, but this is no longer so despite the recent rebound in the price of the steel input.

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CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY. BANKWEST CURTIN ECONOMICS CENTRE