New FIFO camp planned near Toowoomba

Plans for construction of a 500-room workers camp near the
Wellcamp Airport have been submitted to Toowoomba City Council.

Toowoomba Chronicle reported the camp will be built in two
stages of 250 rooms each, and will service the Surat Basin gasfields.

Project developer Mass Accommodation will await council
approval to begin building the 40,000sqm camp.

Mass Accommodation spokesperson James Donnelly told
the ABC
that despite a slowdown in gas activity in the area, work was
expected to continue for another 20 years.

“But the infrastructure in the upstream market, which is the
Surat Basin, has 30,000 more holes in the ground approved … and they need
significant more work and like I said all of that plus things like roads are
opportunities for businesses in Toowoomba and Surat, they’re endless,” he said.

Donnelly said 150 rooms at the proposed camp had already been
booked, due to the attitude of companies not wishing to use ordinary housing to
accommodate workers.

“Food being a major problem, they need to make sure from the
point of view of the welfare of the men and women in the workforce not to be
eating at pubs and clubs is a good thing,” he said.

Yesterday Australian
Mining reported
on the latest forum against 100 per cent FIFO in Queensland
which was held by the CFMEU, and included local representatives such as Federal
MP for Kennedy Bob Katter, Federal MP for Capricornia Michelle Landry, and State
MP for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert.

Image: Wagners

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