Port Hedland approves BHP’s modified FIFO camp

The Town of Port Hedland has approved BHP Billiton's revised plans for a fly-in fly-out camp after rejecting its previous offer.

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The Town of Port Hedland has approved BHP Billiton’s revised plans for a fly-in fly-out camp after rejecting its previous offer.

The approved plan was drawn up soon after the initial rejection, and its details are largely the same as when they were first announced last month.

The camp will house 4,000 workers for a maximum of 15 years, down from the initial 6,000-25 year plan initially proposed by the company.

Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett said the revised plan addressed the "significant number of concerns" locals had over the camp’s size and stress on local facilities.

Howelett said the council would continue to work with BHP over the plan and she was confident it would have no adverse impact on the community.

The Town of Port Hedland said it estimated the camp would benefit the town to the tune of $200 million, some of which would be used to develop permanent housing and business in the region.

BHP has also committed to developing permanent accommodation and business facilities in Port Hedland on top of its FIFO plans.

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