A number of government staff cuts are reportedly the cause behind the approvals delay for a workers camp at Blackwater, Queensland.
The cuts in the State Government Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Emerald office (TMR) have forced the local council to put Transpac Capital’s work camp bid on hold, according to the Central Queensland News.
The investment firm has put forth an application for a 900 bed camp; however the Department did not lodge its conditions of development notice within the set time.
Peter Maguire, Central Highlands mayor, voiced his anger at the Department after a number of objections regarding road access were put forward yet not reviewed.
"We need proper peer review of this," Maguire told CQ News.
"This is not going to be well received by the applicants and TMR when I call them because… they (TMR) are once again impacting on development in the region.
"TMR haven’t responded in the timeframes, and I’m not having a shot at staff but TMR have laid off 13 people in the town.
"If this application can be approved, we’re going to need those intersection requirements TMR is going to come up with," he added.
The traffic issue is only one of the community concerns, with objection to its construction rising in a similar vein nearby such as Moranbah and Collinsville.
BMA’s proposal for the Caval Ridge workers’ accommodation, at Buffel Park, outside of Moranbah has seen heated opposition, especially as the mine sought a 100% fly in fly out workforce.
Under BMA’s approval conditions it had to build a set number of residencies in nearby Moranbah.
It also received approval for its 2500 person Buffel Park Accommodation village, which will house FIFO workers.
Local community group Moranbah Action Group (MAG) labelled the decision a “slap in the face”, the Daily Mercury reported.
A delegation of women representing Moranbah, Emerald, Blackwater, and Dysart also recently invited BHP head Marius Kloppers to visit their towns to see how the boom is affecting the region.
Transpac Capital is aiming to complete stage one of the workers’ camp’s 248 units by July this year.