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McGowan to FIFO Workers: Move to WA

Premier Mark McGowan has urged Eastern States FIFO workers to relocate as the State continues its hard border stance.

The McGowan Government is partnering with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) to lure Eastern States-based FIFO workers to relocate to Western Australia.

There are currently around 5,000 to 6,000 FIFO workers who currently reside in the Eastern States, and fly to WA to undertake work on mining and oil and gas sites across the State – however most have currently relocated to Western Australia in the meantime.

As a sweetener, Eastern States-based workers will be able to access the McGowan Government’s $20,000 Building Bonus grant, which is available to any homebuyer who wishes to build a new house in WA.

McGowan played up the strengths of Western Australia as well as the Building Bonus being a selling point for those over east.

“Western Australia is a great place to live and has a lot to offer those who already work here, but currently reside in homes in the Eastern States,” Mr McGowan said.

“We expect by offering the Building Bonus to these workers, it will provide a strong incentive for them to make the move to WA, and build a new home.

“By relocating to WA permanently, we can further support WA small businesses and continue to grow our economy as we continue the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“By relocating to WA permanently, we can further support WA small businesses and continue to grow our economy as we continue the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Premier also recommended that those already based in regional areas take a good look at moving to Western Australian regional areas.

“They are already working here on mining or oil and gas sites across the State. We want as many of these workers as possible to consider making a home in WA, and I’d particularly encourage them to learn about some of our fantastic communities in regional WA.”

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