Queensland miners fly to the rescue

RESOURCES companies across Queensland still flying in and out of regional areas are offering up spare seats to local essential service workers and people in need of urgent travel.
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Seats are also available for people who need to urgently travel for health or family reasons.

 

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Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane said with the slashing of commercial air services to regional Queensland limiting travel options for those in regional communities, miners were stepping up to offer Queensland Health and other essential agencies any spare seats on their charter flights.

Seats are also available for people who need to urgently travel for health or family reasons.

Macfarlane said local hospitals, medical centres and pathology collection centres in regional towns and cities could also use FIFO charter flights to transport medical and pathology samples.

"Our sector is committed to a ‘people first' response to COVID-19 and is not only ensuring we protect our workers but also the communities in which we operate," he said.

Macfarlane said the thresholds for the testing of resource industry workers for the coronavirus had been removed so any worker with symptoms could get tested immediately.

He said that testing prerequisites for contact with a diagnosed person or a person who hds travelled interstate or overseas no longer applied to resource industry workers.

"While these are difficult times amid the COVID-19 response, the resources industry will continue to strictly adhere to the advice of the state's Chief Health Officer and play a central role in the economic productivity of the state and lives of all Queenslanders," Macfarlane said.