LNG waits for notification
A REQUEST to change the allowed usage of a parcel of land on Curtis Island to make way for the Liquified Natural Gas industry has been submitted.
Gladstone Regional Council, as a referral agency, discussed the request from Queensland Curtis LNG Operating Company Ltd to the Coordinator-General for a material change of use for components of the Queensland Curtis LNG Project.
The request has been to change it to a High Impact Industry area as it will be limited to natural gas liquification and storage; infrastructure facility; local infrastructure and materials transport infrastructure; and undefined use for temporary workers' accommodation facility under the development scheme for the Gladstone State Development Area.
Council's Strategic Planning director Russell Schuler said the trigger for the MCU was the Coordinator-General's report on the environmental impact statement for the LNG project.
The project is still waiting for an EIS approval from the Federal Government.
The planning report submitted with the application stated that while the predicted number of people using the temporary workers accommodation is 1700, space for a further 300 people has been provisioned for, as the final size of the camp will be dependent upon local workforce constraints.
The application for change of MCU covers about 140 hectares and the conditions of the Coordinator-General's report will be applied to the MCU approval.
Mr Schuler said the council officers continued reviewing the Coordinator-General's report on the EIS for Queensland Curtis LNG, particularly with many more planning approvals to come through the council in relation to the project.