Workers' camp with 1700 beds on Curtis Island complete

The workers' village at QCLNG site on Curtis Island.
The workers' village at QCLNG site on Curtis Island. David Sparkes

INDUSTRY pressure to complete worker accommodation at Curtis Island has eased following the completion of the 1700-bed facility at QCLNG.

The last rooms of the temporary worker accommodation were finished on Saturday, and have taken more than 12 months to finish.

This comes after council and a number of figures in the community grew anxious about the impending completion of the final stages of the workers' camp.

Gladstone's property market is also set to benefit from the news, with more properties on the mainland set to become available.

The project was officially named Brumby's Run to recognise QCLNG's link to indigenous heritage on Curtis Island.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said about 900 workers were currently living on site, which could accommodate at least 6000 across the three projects.

"Currently we have about 900 residents staying in the facility - a number which is set to grow quickly," Mr Berg said.

"The team working on the QCLNG project should be very proud of this important milestone."

The two other confirmed LNG sites operating on Curtis Island have yet to complete their worker accommodation facilities, although GLNG in particular has made rapid progress.

About 3000 workers are living in accommodation across the GLNG, QCLNG and APLNG sites on Curtis Island.

Community feel appeals to workers

WHEN Andy Houghton started work on Curtis Island away from his family and friends in Darwin, he didn't think he'd settle in so quickly.

"It's a really good community," Andy said.

"We have a good group of friends and it's usually the same half of dozen of us."

In between working as a QCLNG logistics co-ordinator at Curtis Island, Andy finds himself trekking back to the mainland to watch a movie.

"I don't use a lot of the facilities (on site), but I visit the tavern a few times a week," he said.

"We try to break out some days, have a couple of beers and watch a movie (in town)."

What's at camp?

  • 1700 single rooms
  • Pool
  • Tennis court
  • Tavern
  • Dining Hall
  • BBQs
  • Pay TV

The LNG journey: (for a full sized image click here)

Kieran Salsone

Topics:  curtis island lng qclng

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