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Mine commuters put pressure on WA rural towns

Australia’s mining boom is delivering few social or economic benefits for the rural towns in Western Australia that provide mine labour, according to a Cooperative Research Centre report.

A socio-economic study by the CRC for Remote Economic Participation found towns were struggling with the impacts of fly-in fly out, or FIFO commuting. These included increased pressure on town services, housing and infrastructure, but less money being spent in the town on retail goods and recreation.

The study found many FIFO workers “admitted to indulging in online shopping as a form of amusement” during work breaks at mine sites. Their families also used online shopping “as an antidote to loneliness and boredom” during work separations.

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