Queensland councils seeks cap on FIFO mining camps

The Isaac regional council is seeking to have a cap on FIFO mining camp construction.

The council is aiming to do this to ensure there is a supply of family friendly accommodation, according to the Daily Mercury.

It sought a cap of 30% for both village style rooms and medium to high density unit developments.

In the council’s submission to the Urban Land Development Authority, it also asked that there should not be less than 40% detached residential housing built.

Isaac mayor Cedric Marshall said this cap is designed to encourage more people to move to the region while ensuring long term liveability.

Kelly Vea Vea, chair of the Moranbah Action Group, welcomed the cap on mining camp accommodation.

“Without effective market intervention, guidance and incentives for development of permanent family housing, combined with restrictions and caps on temporary accommodation dwelling numbers, the ULDA is giving mining companies a blank cheque to decide the very social, cultural and economic fabric of our community, with no reference to the community’s desired outcomes,” she told the Daily Mercury.

Vea Vea has previously led rallies against the increasing number of fly in fly out miners in Moranbah and other central Queensland towns.

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