1292 BEDS FOR REGION
After seven years, a $120 million workers’ camp is expected to be completed by the year’s end
FURTHER stages of a $120 million workers camp, which will cater for up to 1292 people, is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
FURTHER stages of a $120 million workers’ camp, which will cater for up to 1292 people, is expected to be completed in Miles before the year ends.
After development was started in 2013, Room2move spent $10 million on the project, until approval ran out on April 15, 2019.
Only land acquisition, town planning, architectural, initial site works, central facilities, utility upgrades and detailed engineering design had been done.
In April 2018 Room2move applied to the Western Downs Regional Council for a development approval for 12 months, however the approval was subsequently denied and Room2move appealed the decision, taking the council to the Planning and Environment Court in July this year.
The council’s reasoning for denying the approval was that, at the time of the original development with the coal seam gas boom, accommodation had peaked. The boom had since ended and it was believed there was no longer a need.
Judge Williamson QC considered the two points, however noted that a lot of information was based on projections and was limited, speculative and removed from primary sources.
With the approximately 200 beds in workers’ accommodation in Miles at capacity, the judge accepted a surplus of accommodation was needed.
Judge Williamson concluded there was a need for the proposed development and granted Room2Move approval for the project until July 26, 2020.
Room2move managing director Paul Czislowski said he believed since Miles was recognised by the state and federal government bodies as one for Australia’s major “energy hubs”, there was enough demand.
“We understand the region is on the cusp of further development with almost 25,000 sq km being released in Queensland for gas exploration since early 2017, almost a third of it for the domestic market only,” he said.
“And in particular, approval has been granted for 14 petroleum leases between Dalby and Wandoan.
“Overall we believe major project work is expected to average around $500 million per annum though to 2022/2023.”
Not targeted at specific projects or clients, the new camp, will be behind Miles golf course on Laycock Rd.
❝ Local support and employment has been paramount in getting this project to its current status.
— Managing director Paul Czislowski
APPROVED: Room2move has been granted approval for a new workers camp.