Moranbah rejects FIFO camp

Isaac Regional Council has knocked back BMA’s proposal for a construct a 2500 bed FIFO mining camp at its Caval Ridge coal mine, near Moranbah.

the BHP Billiton Mitsubish Alliance (BMA) stated that it was disappointed in the decision to reject its Buffel Park accommodation village, although it was welcomed by the community and local groups against the FIFO plan such as the Moranbah Action Group, according to the Daily Mercury.

The miner had planned to have a 100% fly in fly out workforce after previously promising to source a minimum of 30% of its workforce from the local area.

Councillors voted six to three in favour of rejecting the proposed Buffel Park village, which would have included a 2000 bed construction camp and 500 bed operation village.

The mining camp was previously approved by the Queensland Government.

This mining camp rejection comes after the Isaac Regional Council also called for cap on FIFO mining camp construction.

This cap would see a maximum of 30% for both village style rooms and medium to high density unit developments, as opposed to residential homes, being built.

Strong opposition to BMA’s plans has forced it to re-assess its options for the Caval Ridge Coal mine.
According to Moranbah Action Group chair Kelly Vea Vea, the rejection of this camp is a great result for the group and a clear message to the State Government.

The FIFO issue has come increasingly contentious in Central Queensland, where the Isaac region has seen a jump in fly in fly out miners working in the region.

Tension has grown as BMA is attempting to make both its Caval Ridge and Daunia coal mines 100% FIFO workforces, after stating that existing workforce conditions meant this is the best step for the mines.

The Queensland Government has historically stood back from the issue, leaving it to the mining companies and local communities to come to an agreement.

The Isaac Regional Council has said despite the decision, it is still looking to work with BMA to find a win-win solution.

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