1000 bed work­ers’ camp wins ap­peal

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Matthew New­ton Matthew.New­ton@thechron­i­cle.com.au

AUSCO Mo­du­lar has won a more than two-year bat­tle to keep open its con­tro­ver­sial 1000 bed work­ers’ camp in Chin­chilla.

Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil yes­ter­day con­firmed it had lost its court case against Ausco Mo­du­lar.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the camp would now be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture of Chin­chilla, adding the coun­cil was dis­ap­pointed with the de­ci­sion.

Ausco Mo­du­lar gen­eral man­ager re­mote ac­com­mo­da­tion Roger Brad­ford said the com­pany was pleased with the out­come of the ap­peal.

“This is very good news for our re­source and in­fra­struc­ture cus­tomers who rely upon our camp to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for their non-res­i­dent work­forces,” he said.

“Im­por­tantly, it is also great news for our lo­cal em­ploy­ees, sup­pli­ers and ser­vice providers and we thank them for their sup­port through this process.

“As the court’s judg­ment has not been pub­lished at this time, we do not think it is ap­pro­pri­ate to make any fur­ther com­ment.”

The news comes as a blow to Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil’s push for more coal seam gas work­ers to live in com­mu­ni­ties around the re­gion, as op­posed to in work­ers’ camps.

“We’re ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed with the out­come be­cause of our fo­cus on try­ing to have peo­ple live lo­cal and be­come part of our com­mu­nity,” Cr McVeigh said.

“The more peo­ple we get to come and live lo­cal, the more we will see our com­mu­ni­ties strengthen and grow both eco­nom­i­cally and fi­nan­cially.”

The coun­cil had re­jected Ausco’s ap­pli­ca­tion to make per­ma­nent its Chin­chilla Camp in De­cem­ber 2016.

The ap­peal was launched by the com­pany in Jan­uary.

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