QLD treasurer Andrew Fraser is to make a final decision on BMA’s proposed FIFO camp near Moranbah.
The treasurer “called in” the Buffel Park Accommodation Village development application “on the grounds of state interest (which) will allow it to be reassessed ahead of lengthy court action.”
Fraser stated that “the Caval Ridge Mine project is of significant importance for the Moranbah community and the Central Queensland region.
"We need to ensure the community and the state can gain maximum economic benefit the proposed investment.”
However, the camp itself has seen opposition from the local town.
The Isaac Regional Council rejected BMA’s proposed 2500 bed mining camp for fly in fly out miners at its Caval Ridge coal mine.
At the time, BMA stated that it was disappointed at the council’s decision to reject its Buffel Park accommodation camp.
The miner needed the large camp for its 100% FIFO workforce, which drew heavy criticism from the Moranbah community after BMA had originally planned 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.
However, the Queensland Government approved the camp’s construction.
“Eight submissions were received from interested parties into the possibility of a call-in. I have now assessed their comments and decided that the state interests warrant my decision to call the project in for assessment,” Fraser stated.
The “decision will allow me to make a final binding decision in a timely manner with respect to the proposed accommodation village for the mine,” he added.
According to Fraser while this decision will consider the eventual location of the FIFO camp, the actual issue of BMA 100% fly in fly out workforce would be determined separately by the Co-ordinator- General.