Shake-up plan for work camps

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Work­force ac­com­mo­da­tion camp own­ers have raised con­cerns about the City of Kar­ratha’s draft scheme amend­ment to work­force ac­com­mo­da­tion plan­ning rules.

The amend­ment, which was tabled pend­ing fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion, would re­move the tran­sient work­force ac­com­mo­da­tion zone and use class, re­plac­ing them with per­ma­nent, tem­po­rary and con­struc­tion use classes.

Sev­eral ex­ist­ing TWA pro­vi­sions would be re­zoned to ei­ther ur­ban de­vel­op­ment or mixed busi­ness.

The aim is to in­te­grate work­force ac­com­mo­da­tion in town and dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween var­i­ous types of fa­cil­i­ties.

Cher­ratta Lodge di­rec­tor Mal­colm Wylie ad­dressed last week’s coun­cil meet­ing, claim­ing this would de­value his land and im­pact in­vest­ment po­ten­tial of the busi­ness.

Mr Wylie said he would con­sider tak­ing the City to the Supreme Court if the amend­ment went ahead in its present form. John Bar­rett and Louise Thomas, of Rio Tinto, also made dep­u­ta­tions in op­po­si­tion to the pro­posal.

Un­der the changes, per­ma­nent ac­com­mo­da­tion would be re­quired to be in­te­grated into towns, while tem­po­rary and con­struc­tion ac­com­mo­da­tion would have fewer lo­ca­tion lim­i­ta­tions but be sub­ject to time re­stric­tions.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the City would un­der­take fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion to clar­ify the implications of the scheme amend­ment and gather feed­back.

“We would ob­vi­ously pre­fer long-term op­er­a­tional work­ers to be based in our towns and be con­tribut­ing to our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Bar­rett said Rio Tinto needed to of­fer choice, as some em­ploy­ees pre­ferred FIFO over res­i­den­tial jobs.

He said the pro­posal, as it stood, was over-pre­scrip­tive in achiev­ing its goals and con­sul­ta­tion had been rushed.

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