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OSCA: Queensland offers lessons for fly-in, fly-out practices

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When faced with a governance challenge, it is always practical to look to other jurisdictions with similar challenges to see what research has been done and actions have been taken. While every community is unique, there is always something that can be learned from these situations and applied to the here and now.

In a recent Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo council meeting discussing the proposed camp moratorium, some of the speakers, including elected officials, referred to a 2015 report commissioned by the Queensland, Australia government entitled “FIFO: A Review.”

As the title suggests, this report analyzed the concerns that Australian residents were raising about the perceived negative impact FIFO was having on local communities, and our speakers in council outlined how there are similar concerns in the RMWB.

While there are some useful recommendations in the report which set out a framework for the local government to establish conditions for projects that would encourage more local hiring and procurement, there are also some important warnings and caveats in the report that were overlooked by the speakers in council.

First of all, the issues in each jurisdiction are not quite the same. Communities in Queensland were motivated by “strong opposition to resource companies specifying predominantly non-resident operational workforces for activities located........

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