It was established in 1969 by a mining company to house its workers. In the last five years the town has seen its biggest ever boom. But as the price of coal declines and construction slows, the town is now struggling. The boom is now over, with fewer mining workers living in the town and the resulting cash flow drying up. One resident said, "You're walking around the streets Puma Rihanna Creepers
here? There is no benefit in staying out here anymore'. "Anne Baker, the Mayor of Isaac Regional Council, of which Moranbah is a part, laments the loss of Puma Rihanna The Creeper people and economic activity from her towns.
years and years. "He said he was unprepared for the reality of FIFO work or mining towns before starting work, not knowing anyone who was a FIFO worker or living in Moranbah. "It wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the mining. They've whacked a few sheets of corrugated iron up, and a nice swimming pool and a couple of pubs and they call that a town. But nothing looks all that permanent. "Moranbah is a small mining town 12 hours drive northwest of Brisbane, situated on one of the country's largest coal deposits.
wages and companies covering the cost of flights, accommodation and food, it's a job that for many is a too good job to turn down. But there's a dark side to FIFO work, and it is costing lives. XAVIER'S STORY Moranbah, Central Queensland"One of the things I was told when I started out here was to have an exit strategy," said Xavier. "What sort of job tells you to plan for when you finish, to keep yourself sane?"Two years ago, Xavier took a job as a fly in fly out worker in Central Queensland, spending three weeks at a time living and working in a camp 17 km outside of Moranbah. He stayed for six months to pay off a large credit card debt. "A lot of people plan like that; a few years, pay off a house, maybe an investment property," he said. "But they get caught in the golden handcuffs.