BMA have been given the go ahead to build a new 700 man camp out of town, 20km from Blackwater.
BMA have been given the go ahead to build a new 700 man camp out of town, 20km from Blackwater.

BMA to build 700-man camp

BMA has been given approval to construct a 700-man workers' accommodation camp on the Blackwater-Rolleston Rd.

The Central Highlands Regional Council approved the application subject to a number of conditions at its meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The new camp will be built next to BMA's Blackwater Mine on vacant rural land about 20km south of Blackwater.

CHRC manager for planning and development assessment Luke Lankowski said BMA was looking at the camp as a medium-term solution.

"There were no objections received during the notification period," he said.

The site has been given a maximum period of six years and will be developed in four stages.

Electricity and sewerage needs will be met by the mine extending existing facilities.

A report tabled by CHRC senior town planner Maryanne Thornely said the camp must cease six years from the beginning of the approved use.

"All built structures and associated infrastructure must be removed and the site rehabilitated as per the approved rehabilitation plan," it said.

Councillor Gai Sypher said it was important the camp remained a temporary solution.

BMA was handed a list of 28 conditions that needed to be abided by if it wished to proceed on the 35.6ha block.

When quizzed on the nature of the accommodation units by councillors and if they were "donga-style" buildings, Mr Lankowski said accommodation buildings would contain three 15sq m units each.

"For the want of a better word, yes, it could be described as donga-style accommodation," Mr Lankowski said.

Blackwater-based councillor and BMA employee Kev Cracknell declared a conflict of interest and left the room while the discussion was taking place.

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