Bal­ance vi­tal be­tween towns, projects

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

The new mul­tipur­pose courts in Onslow.

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