Council approves workers' camp expansion at Calliope

GLADSTONE Regional Council has approved the expansion of a Calliope workers' accommodation village by 450 rooms.

The Stowe Road village currently houses 300 rooms as well as a laundry and dining facility. Following the expansion the total number of rooms will be 750.

A gymnasium, barbecue recreational areas and 338 car parking spaces will also be constructed as part of the expansion.

The applicant, MAC Services Group, originally sought approval for 3000 rooms on the same site but the proposal was refused in 2012 for various social impacts and infrastructure concerns.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said these issues were largely mitigated through the major reduction in the overall number of rooms to be constructed on the site.

"Council considered the potential social impact of the development on the existing permanent residential population of Calliope before approving this expansion," Cr Sellers said.

"The approval is subject to conditions including a 'sunset clause' which council has stipulated in workers accommodation facilities throughout the Gladstone region, restricting the camp to a 10-year operational life as well as social contributions to the Calliope township."

Because the condition of Stowe Rd, near the Lexlip Creek Bridge, will not withstand future traffic needs, the council is requiring the applicant to upgrade the creek culvert on Schilling Lane or portions of Stowe Rd external to the village to ensure safety to all road users.

Cr Sellers said a pathway connecting the workers village to Calliope's Bunting Park would be required to allow residents of the village to utilise community facilities.

The council has asked the applicant to provide a financial contribution to the value of one per cent of the total value of the project to go towards upgrade works to Bunting Park in accordance with the park's masterplan.

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