FIFO camp plan stirs con­tro­versy

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ A de­ci­sion by WA Premier Colin Bar­nett to let an op­er­a­tional fly-in, fly-out work­force re­side within a strate­gic in­dus­trial area in­stead of in Onslow has been fol­lowed through in a pro­posed State plan­ning scheme.

Tem­po­rary FIFO ac­com­mo­da­tion was pre­vi­ously al­lowed in the Ash­bur­ton North SIA for work­ers help­ing con­struct Chevron’s $30 bil­lion Wheat­stone Project. Af­ter dis­cus­sions with the com­pany last year, Mr Bar­nett said in­stead of a sep­a­rate camp be­ing built in Onslow, work­ers could stay in the con­struc­tion camp in the ANSIA.

The pro­posed scheme, which has gone out for pub­lic com­ment un­til Jan­uary 27, has bound­aries drawn around Chevron’s ANSIA camp in a “spe­cial use zone”.

The rest of ANSIA will al­low only con­struc­tion camps but, with this de­ci­sion, Mr Bar­nett has demon­strated his abil­ity to work around this.

Mr Bar­nett’s cap­tain’s calls re­gard­ing State agree­ments near Onslow and, most re­cently, New­man’s Kurra Camp, have drawn the ire of his Na­tion­als WA part­ners.

Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Terry Red­man said he had sig­nif­i­cant con­cerns about the State agree­ment frame­work and the lack of trans­parency and vis­i­bil­ity re­gard­ing de­ci­sions made un­der those agree­ments.

“I will use all the pow­ers that I have un­der my author­ity, and my team, to get a good out­come for the peo­ple of New­man, be­cause while it is the peo­ple of New­man to­day, it may be the peo­ple of other com­mu­ni­ties around re­gional Western Aus­tralia next time,” he said.

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton was livid when Mr Bar­nett made the ANSIA de­ci­sion and coun­cil­lors will con­sider a sub­mis­sion for the pub­lic com­ment process.

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said it was ex­pected Min­is­ter for Plan­ning John Day would sup­port the scheme.

“The Shire has an im­por­tant and timely op­por­tu­nity to raise is­sues of lo­cal im­por­tance and we are con­fi­dent that the State Gov­ern­ment’s plan­ning pro­cesses will give due con­sid­er­a­tion to any mat­ters raised by the Shire,” she said.

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