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Woodside plans 857 bed camp for Broome

Woodside is forging ahead with its plans to construct a gas hub at James Price Point in Western Australia, with one of its contractors applying to build mass mining accommodation outside of Broome.

The building application for an "857-person temporary transient workers' accommodation on Lot 283 Broome Road, Roebuck" was lodged with the Shire of Broome by Planning Solutions on behalf of Decmil Group in partnership with Nyimarr, the West reported.

The application is open to public comment from tomorrow and approval will be determined by the Kimberley Joint Development Assessment Panel within 90 days of its lodgement on January 7.

This camp will be the first accommodation available for the proposed James Price Point development.

It is expected the camp will house both Woodside employees and contractors, taking the pressure off tourist facilities in the area.

"The camp will minimise the use of established tourist accommodation during the Broome's tourist peak season," a Woodside spokeswoman said.

Woodside added that strategies were in place to "maximise community benefit", including opportunities for local business participation.

The company said it aims to "minimise the impacts of the Browse development on the local community".

"This is a very large project and all sorts of matters will have to be considered, like the social impact and how the camp will be managed," Broome shire president Graeme Campbell said.

Woodside said a final investment decision, expected before the end of the financial year, will determine when the camp will operate.

The company has planned for a five year operation lifespan of the workers’ camp.

Executive director of environment group Environs Kimberley, Martin Pritchard has called on WA Premier Colin Barnett to scrap development assessment panels and give development approval powers back to local government.

Last year the Shire of Broome’s decision to refuse planning approval at James Price Point was overridden by the Kimberley Assessment Panel who awarded retrospective planning approval to Woodside for investigative work.

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