But the WDRC and lo­cal busi­ness own­ers aren’t happy

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flanagan Sam.Flanagan@dal­by­her­

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.

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