Huge new motel to cater for declining FIFO workforce

FLY-in-fly-out workers are expected to service a huge new motel proposed for Gladstone, despite the likely disappearance of this workforce over the next few years as the LNG construction phase on Curtis Island comes to a close.

A town planning report prepared as part of the development application states that a 14.5 metre bus bay is proposed along Yarroon St that would be used to transport fly-in-fly-out workers from the airport, and accommodate tour buses.

The 198-room hotel is proposed for the corner of Yarroon St and Goondoon St, and would stretch down the hill to Central Lane.

If approved, it would be the largest hotel complex in Gladstone, with its closest neighbour, Oaks Hotel, providing 144 rooms.

Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rick Hansen said he expected Gladstone's workforce to be largely based locally in the future.

"Naturally there is going to be less demand for the total workforce numbers as the construction on the island ramps down," he said.

"Therefore I would think that FIFO numbers would reduce to the minimum, given that we already maintain a skilled local workforce to meet that expected demand."

Gladstone Airport Corporation chief Phillip Cash told The Observer recently that a study the corporation commissioned had projected a significant decline in flight numbers over the coming 18 months, based on the stages of various industry projects.

The public comment period closed on April 17, and the council is expected to assess the application over coming weeks.



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