1000 bed workers’ camp wins appeal
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.