Social & Community Cohesion

There are lots of examples where the so called “Hi Vis“ culture leads to behaviour and outcomes not conducive to the atmosphere tourists look for and there are lots of examples where this culture impacts on things like Tourism.  This was a constant theme mentioned in discussions during the “Frack finding tour” PCA facilitated in 2019.

Existing gas developments in Australia rely on the use of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforces. Wide ranging social impacts include a decline in local resident populations with less essential services and volunteer organisations, reduced community cohesion, detrimental impacts on local businesses, and social problems such as violence and crime in ‘host’ communities.1


1 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia. Cancer of the bush or salvation for our cities? Fly-in, fly-out and drive in, drive-out workforce practices in regional Australia; Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, 2013. Queensland Parliament: Infrastructure, Planning & Natural Resources Committee, Inquiry into fly-in, fly-out and other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland, October 2015; West Australian Parliament, Education and Health Standing Committee.