AUSCO WINS APPEAL IN COURT
But the WDRC and local business owners aren’t happy
AUSCO Modular have won their appeal against the Western Downs Regional Council in the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane, paving the way for the Stayover on the edge of town to attract a wider variety of workers.
The Honourable Judge Kefford came to her decision last Friday, upholding Ausco’s appeal against the conditions council wanted to place on the facility.
The WDRC were fighting to restrict Stayover by Ausco to accommodating construction workers only, who had to be in groups of 20 or more and book in for a minimum of five nights.
A statement from the WDRC said the council were disappointed with the outcome.
“Council must respect and abide by decisions of the court,” the statement read.
“Whilst we are disappointed that some of the conditions were not able to be retained, the new conditions are also less than those sought by Ausco.”
The conditions allow for workers from a range of industries including resource extraction, major industry and major infrastructure.
These conditions have angered local moteliers Noel Bloxsome and Carol Dregmans, who say it’s going to have a grave impact on their businesses.
“To pay our rates we need four rooms a night... when it’s quiet and the camp are getting the maintenance workers we can’t pay our way,” Mr Bloxsome said.
“It was meant to be a temporary facility for bulk accommodation... now the courts have basically just approved a 550 room motel,” Mrs Dregmans added.
“Absolutely (some will be forced to shut), The Manor has already handed their lease back and two motels in Chinchilla have handed back as well.”
Ausco Modular general manager of remote accommodation Roger Bradford said the company were happy with the outcome.
“We are pleased that the appeal relating to conditions of our Stayover in Dalby camp approval has now been resolved,” Mr Bradford said.
“Given that there is another matter before the court involving the Western Downs Regional Council and Ausco, we do not feel that it would be appropriate to make any further comment at this time.”
The matter in court at the moment relates to the Stayover in Chinchilla.
❝ The courts have basically just approved a 550 room motel. — Carol Dregmans
HERE TO STAY: The Dalby Stayover by Ausco has won its appeal against the Western Downs Regional Council.