Council asks for $3.6m for camp infrastructure costs

OWNERS of a workers camp in Calliope will have to pay Gladstone Regional Council $3.6 million for new infrastructure if they proceed with a planned extension.

Gladstone Regional Council discussed the issue at its general meeting on Tuesday.

The 450-room extension to the Mac Workers Accommodation Camp on Stowe Rd was approved last year, but the adopted infrastructure costs had yet to be finalised.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of charging $3.6 million, rather than another $2.2 million option presented to them.

The infrastructure costs are those a developer must pay the council to cover creation of new infrastructure for their development, such as water, sewerage and roads.

The calculations are a major consideration for the council.

Councillor Rick Hansen said councillors had agreed on the higher amount in this case, because it was considered a true reflection of the total cost and they did not want ratepayers to make up any difference.

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