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Long distance commuting: A tool to mitigate the impacts of the resources industries boom and bust cycle?


  • Haslam McKenzie, Fiona


Western Australia experienced a prolonged resources boom for more than a decade commencing in 2001. The majority of mining industry employees commute long distances from their homes, living onsite in company accommodation and working compressed rosters for a prescribed period before commuting home again for furlough and recommencing the work and commute cycle. Many community leaders, politicians and businesses complain that company policies and industrial relations arrangements, which enabled long distance commuting (LDC), undermine regional economic development. They argue that the host communities closest to mining operations bear the brunt of globally driven boom and bust markets and experience many of the disadvantages but few of the opportunities associated with booms or busts, while source communities, particularly large cities, reap the benefits from repatriated salaries, increased populations and investment derived from mining activities in the host communities.

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  • Haslam McKenzie, Fiona, 2020. "Long distance commuting: A tool to mitigate the impacts of the resources industries boom and bust cycle?," Land Use Policy, Elsevier, vol. 93(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:lauspo:v:93:y:2020:i:c:s0264837718315874
    DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.03.045

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