Council seeks clarity
Figures requested on 1000-bed worker camp
WESTERN Downs Regional Council has issued a “please explain” letter to Ausco Modular, owner of Stayover on Zeller Street, in response to its application to make the 1000-bed workers’ camp a permanent fixture of Chinchilla.
The letter, obtained by the Chinchilla News, asks Ausco Modular to provide a 10-year forecast of demand for nonresident accommodation.
The letter also requests a summary comparing the forecasted supply and demand of non-resident accommodation in the Chinchilla area.
“If there is not a significant forecast undersupply of such accommodation, explain why there is a need for Stayover Chinchilla to remain operating despite the numeric demand and supply forecasts,” the council’s letter states.
Ausco Modular has also been asked to provide a list of other existing and approved non-resident accommodation facilities that could potentially meet the forecasted need in the Chinchilla area, including facilities currently closed or only partly operational.
The council has requested that for each facility, Ausco Modular determines whether it could be available as an alternative to Stayover, and if not, why not.
A council representative said Ausco Modular had six months to respond to the request for information, which was mailed out on March 10.
The letter includes a further seven points on which the council requires more information, including the areas of public catering, traffic, parking, stormwater and landscaping.
Ausco Modular submitted its development application for the permanent 1000-bed workers’ camp earlier this year on January 27.
Stayover on Zeller Street general manager Roger Bradford said the company was finalising its response to the council’s information request and expected it to be completed soon.
He added that Stayover’s facilities in Dalby and Chinchilla were predicted to inject more than $5 million into the Western Downs economy and Stayover was committed to supporting local sporting clubs, community groups and events.