500 room Toowoomba bypass workers camp on hold

Wagners chairman John Wagner.
Wagners chairman John Wagner. Bev Lacey

PLANS to build a 500-room workers camp next to the Wellcamp Airport have been put on hold, Wagners chairman John Wagner has said.

In an interview with ABC, Mr Wagner said the facility would have catered for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing workers if the Wagners-backed consortium Rangelink was chosen to construct the crossing.

"We were not the successful proponent so we have put that application on hold, but nothing is on or off the table," he said.

Mr Wagner said along with the Toowoomba bypass, other projects such as the Grand Central redevelopment were bringing workers to the region.

"Let's hope we can source everyone from Toowoomba," he said.

"If we do need some overflow then they have to go somewhere."

On the question of the Wagners group playing a role in the construction of the bypass, Mr Wagner said his group had a good relationship with the preferred tenderer Nexus.

"We've done a lot of work for some of the consortium partners, for instance we did all the precast tunnel segments for the Legacy Way tunnel.

"They're nice people and I'm sure they'll want to make as much local content as possible and we'd like to be part of that in our own way."

Mr Wagner said although the design for the bypass hadn't been completed, he was hoping to see Wagners' environmentally friendly and locally-made Earth Friendly Concrete involved in the project.

"We'll be talking about that with Nexus, it's an absolutely world class product and it would be great to think that the Second Range Crossing had nothing but world class products involved with it."

Mr Wagner said the fact that detailed plans had not been formulated for the bypass was not unusual, citing his experience during construction of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

He said the early works of the build would likely include clearing land.

"It's really the detailed structural design of bridges and overpasses that are still being developed," he said.

Mass Accommodation is behind the workers camp, which is still awaiting approval from council.

Plans were submitted for the camp in March this year.

James Donnelly from Mass Accommodation said at the time that 150 rooms had already been booked by companies associated with the Surat Basin's coal seam gas industry.

Mr Wagner said the application was in the process of being withdrawn.

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