Coun­cil seeks clar­ity

Fig­ures re­quested on 1000-bed worker camp

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

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.

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