Mayor talks FIFO with 80-odd mining and construction bosses
MORE than 80 mining and construction executives and industry contractors visited the Fraser Coast on Wednesday to discuss a new aircraft ideal for the FIFO market.
The group made the trip from Brisbane, organised by Avmin Aviation and Mining Services to showcase the new BAE 146 aircraft.
The aircraft has a unique operating performance that allows it to take off and land at smaller aerodromes and airports.
Aviation portfolio councillor Rolf Light said the Fraser Coast was chosen because of its potential as an industry hub and base for FIFO workers.
"This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our region and the group was suitably impressed," he said.
"Some of the visitors represent global resource and construction companies that employ thousands of people.
"They were able to see firsthand the facilities we can offer here on the Fraser Coast including a jet-standard airport from which charter flights already operate to the mining regions and access to skilled labour.
"We are already a base for some manufacturing companies that service the resource sector."
Cr Light said the region's supply of affordable house and industrial land to suit mine families and service industries was also a huge selling point.
The group were treated to lunch at Gatakers Restaurant in Point Vernon where Mayor Gerard O'Connell officially welcomed them to the Fraser Coast.
"Our region really has unlimited potential," Cr O'Connell said.
"We have access to medical and resource sector training companies and a specialised FIFO co-ordinator based here to help attract, train and connect suitable workers to jobs on mining, construction and infrastructure projects - this includes working with airlines to help workers commute to remote locations."
Fraser Coast Opportunities board member Glen Winney said it was fantastic opportunity.
"We were able to showcase the Fraser Coast, its manufacturing capabilities, economic prospects and investment opportunities to the leaders of the mining industry," he said.