The future of mining looks to involve more FIFO

THERE are fears the next phase of the mining boom could involve more fly-in fly-out workers and further degrade communities.

With the downturn in the mining industry, coal mines surrounding the northern NSW town of Gunnedah have begun to shed jobs.

For workers at the Japanese-owned Boggabri Coal mine, when the end came, it was brutal.

"I got a phone call," Sharon Partridge said.

"It was very quick, very to the point, saying that your position in particular had been made redundant.

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