The boom town

Are FIFO miners a healthy addition to small towns like Moranbah, Queensland? The community and the miners have their say.

"I've never known any community to get kicked in the guts like this one."

Applause echoes round the Moranbah Community Centre as local MP Shane Knuth, a large man with a blunt approach who is a member of Bob Katter’s Australian Party, addresses a large crowd of locals.

“Never,” he says. “It comes to you again and again, and it’s coming again.”

In the media, the central Queensland town of Moranbah