Gas hub FIFO camp in Broome

A temporary camp accommodating 850 fly-in fly out workers on the outskirts of Broome has been provisionally approved.

But the $120 million project will go ahead on the condition that James Price Point gas hub proceeds.

The Kimberly Joint Assessment Panel approved the scheme on Thursday last week, with more than 20 conditions, including handling possible social effects on Broome and creating a buffer zone between the camp and surrounding agricultural properties.

Decmil is jointly working with Nyimarr – the trading entity of the Goolarabooloo/Jabirr Jabirr people – to develop the village.

Decmil said the project would bring jobs, training opportunities and other advantages to the Kimberly indigenous community.

“The facility will only be constructed if there is a commercial demand for the accommodation,” a spokesman said.

“DGL has identified the workforce servicing the Browse LNG Project as potential tenants, and the construction of the village is therefore subject to a favourable final investment decision for the Browse LNG project.”

Decmil intends to build, own and operate the facility, 24 kilometres north of Broome.

Presiding panel member David Gray said planning approvals would not go ahead unless strict timelines governing transit workers accommodation were met.

“The development has been approved for a total period of eight years,” he said.

“That includes the construction period, occupation for five years and the rehabilitation of the site, which entails the removal of all buildings and facilities associated with the development.”

Gray added approval will be lost if substantial development does not begin within two years.

The meeting in the Shire of Broome chambers was stopped and police called due to an outburst from a woman in the public gallery, who made demands the community should be involved when the panel discussed social impact studies.

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