Balance vital between towns, projects
Balance between community and development is paramount when major projects knock on the door of small towns, according to State Development Minister Bill Marmion.
In Onslow to open the new multipurpose recreational courts last Friday night Mr Marmion said authorities and companies had to be careful about how they accommodated the huge influx of workers on resources projects.
“I have raised the issue in my roles as Minister of Mines and Petroleum and as Minister for State Development with both Chevron and other companies,” he said.
“You have got to be a bit careful with the Chevron camp with some 7000 people in it and how you control the movements of people from a camp of this size.
“The comments I have received from the company is that they do have buses, for example, so that some people can come into town on Friday night and others on Saturday and Sunday nights.
“They are also making sure some of the services provided by small business in town are also being provided out at the Chevron camp.”
Mr Marmion pointed to the new housing developments in Barrarda estate as an example of major resources companies striking a balance between residential and camp accommodation.
Speaking at the opening of the courts, BHP Billiton Australia operations manager Clive Jones said the company had spent more than $10 million on programs and infrastructure since the Macedon gas project commenced in 2013.
“We are really proud of that and would also like to extend that into the future,” he said.
“These mutually beneficial relationships are a key part of everything we do and we would absolutely like to see the community where we work benefit.”
North West Central MLA Vince Catania said the basketball courts were a good example of State and local government working together with industry and community.
The new multipurpose courts in Onslow.