Queensland FIFO camp rejected

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Queensland Central Highlands deputy mayor Paul Bell has led a movement to reject a 896-unit fly-in-fly-out camp outside Blackwater in the Bowen Basin.

According to CQ News the rejection was unanimous, with Bell primarily concerned about the camp’s impact on the town’s "rural character".

Central Highlands development services manager Luke Lankowski had previously argued the camp’s construction was needed as a short-term solution to the town’s accommodation shortage.

According to CQ News Lankowski said relocating a portion of the town’s transient workers would free-up accommodation for families and "alleviate housing pressures".

But Bell said he had a "very, very different view to that of our planners".

Bell said he could not see how constructing a "mini-town" outside Blackwater would help protect the town’s character.

In January a number of government staff cuts were blamed for delays in construction of the camp proposed by Transpac Capital.

The proposal is the latest council rejection of a FIFO camp, following Port Hedland’s refusal to approve BHP’s 6,000 bed camp in the Pilbara.

Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett said while the plan had been rejected renegotiating a new proposal would "begin as soon as practically possible".

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