Workers' camp expansion may not proceed despite approval
THE approval of a development application to almost double the capacity of a workers' accommodation facility in Calliope does not mean it will go ahead, according to developer Homeground Villages.
Councillors unanimously supported the proposal at the Gladstone Regional Council meeting on Tuesday.
Homeground Villages, on Calliope River Rd, currently caters for workers at the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal as well as heavy industry and construction sector workers.
"We put the development application in at a time when there was an accommodation crisis," said Matt Jones, from Homeground Villages.
The expansion would see an existing 1152-room facility almost double to 2560 rooms.
"The application is the first of a long line of steps before hitting the go button," Mr Jones said.
As the construction phase of LNG plants on Curtis Island draws to a close, a significant decrease in the Gladstone region's population is expected.
This didn't not bother the councillors, who hoped the accommodation would be used to cater for visitors to the region as well as workers.
Mr Jones clarified with The Observer this would not be happening, as accommodation is provided by lease agreements with companies, and is not available to the public.
Fly-in-fly-out and drive-in-drive-out workforces are a fact of life, according to Mr Jones.