Introducing Rebecca Collett
23-year-old Rebecca Collett relocated from Adelaide to Perth to pursue a FIFO lifestyle, and the Environmental Advisor at Barrick Gold’s Granny Smith mine site says she loves her eight day on, six day off roster.
Rebecca’s partner Joshua also works FIFO in the Pilbara and pair has been able to coordinate their schedules so they can spend quality time together during their time off.
“I love living in Perth, it’s like a bigger version of Adelaide and we have even bought a house here,” she said. “I was ready for a change of scenery and it’s great that Josh and I are able to coordinate our rosters.
“I enjoy going to the beach, shopping and trips away while I’m home. I think it’s important with working FIFO to stay focused on the important things in life.
Rebecca says that although she is fairly new to the industry, her view is that the portrayal of FIFO having a negative impact on WA families is only true of a small minority.
“A lot of my colleagues have young families and it seems to be the general consensus that the six days they have at home is quality time they might not get if they were living in Perth and working long hours,” she said.
Women in Mining WA (WIMWA) was founded in 2003 to support women working in the largely male-dominated mining and resources sector.
The other side of FIFO is the organisation’s current awareness campaign which aims to foster a more balanced view of the industry’s Fly in Fly out lifestyle by giving voice to the individuals, both males and females, working in the sector.