Gladstone council once bitten twice shy on major projects
OPINION: Gladstone Regional Council is absolutely right to be brutal in its submission regarding a proposed $4.4 billion steel plant.
That is not to say Boulder Steel has done anything wrong.
The proposal is in its early stages and there are plenty of details to work out before the steel plant at Mount Larcom goes ahead.
It is also important to recognise the plant, if completed, will provide about 1800 permanent jobs.
Unfortunately for Boulder, the council has been well and truly burnt by other environmental impact statement approvals.
It is now a matter of historical fact, rather than opinion, that the former coordinator general failed to lay down an appropriate schedule for the creation of workers' accommodation for the LNG construction projects.
The intention was there by all concerned, and the LNG companies can only work to the plan handed to them, but the timing was clearly wrong.
The council believes previous EIS processes have failed the community and it does not plan on facing a repeat.