Fly-ins push limit
GLADSTONE has been a dormitory for industry workers for the past decade and it will take only one new project to overload the coping capabilities of local services, according to Gladstone Regional Council’s chief executive, Graeme Kanofski.
Mr Kanofski’s comments were in response to claims in yesterday’s edition that Moura mining families were moving to the coast, including regions like Gladstone, Agnes Water, Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
He said it wasn’t anything new that people lived in coastal communities such as Gladstone and worked at mines in places like Moura and Wandoan.
“I know people myself that work over in Western Australia and actually live in Gladstone,” Mr Kanofski said.
“It’s not a new phenomenon, but it is certainly going to add to the pressure.”
He said if Xstrata’s Wandoan project went ahead, he expected people working at that site would view Gladstone as a dormitory home.
Mr Kanofski said Car 2 was still under construction, but Gladstone region was coping in terms of housing and services.
“If we get an LNG project under construction, there is absolutely no doubt housing and those things are going to be absolutely tight in Gladstone,” he said.
Mr Kanofski said the fly in/fly out mentality had been growing during the past 10 years and would continue.