Gladstone council mulls over workers’ camp request

Gladstone Regional Council has received an application to erect a 516-room workers’ camp.

The camp is for workers from Gladstone Gas Power Station, Fisherman’s Landing Boulder Steel and the Yarwun Refinery ventures.

But Councillor Rick Hansen likened Gladstone to Moura with a huge fly-in, fly-out workforce and lack of local business.

“We should be encouraging workers to come in and buy,” Hansen said, adding he wants to see normalcy returning in the region.

Councillor Leo Neill-Ballantine is sceptical of another camp but planning officer Tegan Schuler said the decision was up to the developers.

“We have no grounds to stop it…doesn’t seem to be a lot of projects going on through. Why do we want another one?” Neill-Ballantine said.

The worker’s camp can exist for 10 years under a sunset clause. It will be constructed in two phases, The Gladstone Observer reports.

Another camp about nine kilometres north of the site has been granted while a camp already exists 10 kilometres south of the site.

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