12 August 2008

Mining, tourism growth forces Royal Flying Doctors west

A growth in the tourism and mining industries in Tasmania is forcing the Royal Flying Doctors to expand their services to the west of the state, reports ABC News.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is a charitable service providing emergency medical services and primary health care services via aeroplanes to remote parts of Australia.

In Tasmania’s west coast, the increasing demand from growth in the mining and tourism sectors is putting pressure on the RFDS to expand its services to that region.  However, Tim Fischer, National Chairman of RFDS, said rising fuel costs and challenges for the recruitment of medical professionals and pilots will dampen plans for expansion.

The mining industry in Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory are all rapidly expanding and are recruiting thousands of overseas skilled workers to maintain the momentum.  Engineers, miners, foreman, and construction workers are encouraged to apply for an Australian working visa so that skills shortages in this sector can be filled.

This week, the Western Australian government launched a massive recruitment drive in New Zealand in an attempt to entice 27,000 skilled workers to the mining industry in the state.  A website called "Go West Now" has also been launched to provide would-be migrants with all the available information for migration to Australia.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people apply for an Australia visa.

Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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