QLD council hits at out mining camp

The Isaac Regional Council has again slammed the approval of another mining work camp in near Moranbah.

It comes as the MAC Services Group's application for a 3258 room facility gained approval from the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA), according to the Daily Mercury.

Isaac mayor Anne Baker called on the premier to halt the construction of the state's largest mining camp and its approvals, which were granted only two days before planning powers were transferred from the ULDA back to councils.

"The ULDA has ignored and steamrolled our community at every turn," Baker said.

"Our community objected to their draft plan over a year ago."

She said the development was being forced on the community and that it used land that could have been used for residential building in a time when there was as severe shortage of residential housing.

"We then objected to this record-breaking and permanent 3258-person camp development under their centrally imposed planning scheme – and they refused to listen," Baker said.

However the ULDA said that MAC's proposed facility is necessary in the short term to support the massive resources growth planned for the Queensland coalfields.

It went on to state that it received only eight submissions against the development this year.

"The key issues raised related to the potential adverse impacts the facility may have on essential services in town," it said.

Due to this the Development authority imposed a number of conditions on its approvals.

"The ULDA is requiring that the MAC dedicate 5% of rooms (163 beds) as affordable housing for non-mining key workers or provide a comparable monetary contribution to the Isaac Affordable Housing Trust for the provision of permanent affordable housing."

MAC will also be required to contribute to local infrastructure.

Baker wrote to QLD premier Campbell Newman yesterday, and will hold a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the community's recourse. 

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