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    Quote Originally Posted by MMelissa View Post
    I just moved to the Bowen Basin. The company owns most of our town and we pay $30 a week rent for a 3-bed house (that is not a misprint). I work in contracts and my hubby has just started underground. We LOVE it here!!

    If your DH does a 7/7 roster and you live in a nearby town he will come home after his shifts.
    Oh wow Melissa, $30! Thats soooo cheap! Do you mind me asking where, or what company your hubby works for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leah28 View Post
    OP, is Queensland a must? Just thinking there are so many opportunities closer to home at Olympic Dam and it is residential. We live there

    Rent is around $500 for a 3 bed house but if he was to get a company house then the rent is more like $580 a month.

    I couldn't deal with DF doing FIFO. Plus I also work at the mine and I get paid WAY more than I could elsewhere so it makes sense for us to be residential.
    No QLD isnt a must at all. I would happily stay in SA, roxby downs sounds like a nice place to live, I just havent come accross as many diesel fitter positions there as there are in QLD. if you know of a companys that I could send hubbys resume to, that would be great

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    AFH, I know quite a few people who have passed through Mount Isa at some point in their mining career and none of them are poisoned either

    A lot of people think the same about here with the Uranium - my DF works under ground and I work very close to where the uranium is processed - neither of our babies have been born with two heads

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    Some companies to apply to for diesel fitters are ODT Australis, Monadelphous and Workpac.

    Workpac are the main labour hire company for BHP so getting an "in" to backfill a BHP position in a mobile fleet crew is a good way to go.

    There will be plenty of jobs soon with the expansion coming up! A lot of companies are ramping up now.

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    Corestaff do the hiring up here but majority of the time if you get in through Corestaff you're only on 53,000-57,000 even underground for the first 3-6 mths then it goes up to about 90,000 then increases by a certain percent each year. I wreckon your best bet is to get on through the mine directly, my husband got on directly with the mine (was contracting through a local company out there first for about 6 months) then he was offered a contract of over $100,000 starting wage - the reason it's so small through the agencies who employ for the mines (not sure if all of them do this though) is that the small wage for 6 mths is your "probation" period an the mines have to pay the employment company for that period. Whilst you still have a 3 mth probation period with the mines your pay does not usually suffer as badly because they don't have to pay the employment agency


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    Downer EDI. Too =o)


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    We live in Glenden and Tieri near Emerald has the same reduced rent with Xstrata. I hear Middlemount has $40 per week housing through Anglo too. Rent subsidies are out there.

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    We live in Tieri and pay $15.50 per week rent and its great out here. The town is well maintained, lots of community events and hubby is home everyday. Some of the Emerald mines offer a % towards rent or buying a house in town

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    There are a few closed mining towns in WA that offer free rent and utilities


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