Camp proposed for Moranbah
AN application for a 3200-room workers' camp in Moranbah has been lodged with the Urban Land Development Authority in the south-west area of the Urban Development area of the town.
The community will have 20 business days to make a formal submission on the MAC development, after which the ULDA will have 40 days to make a decision.
ULDA chief executive officer Paul Eagles said the authority held several pre-application meetings with the company to identify key issues and concerns.
"The ULDA has provided the MAC feedback from the community and Isaac Regional Council received during the preparation of the development scheme for it to consider in its development application," he said.
"The ULDA has already been liaising closely with IRC and we will continue to do so during all phases of the assessment process to ensure the MAC's proposal addresses the development scheme criteria and associated guidelines and to deliver quality outcomes for the Moranbah community."
The 50ha land allotment on the south-west outskirts of town was identified as suitable following consideration of community concerns, according to the ULDA.
The formal submission period is expected to open in late January, but Mr Eagles assured the community it would be advertised locally.
State Minister for Housing Karen Struthers toured the mining town last Friday and said the government recognised communities such as Moranbah were "playing host to resource developments" which the entire state benefited from.
"We have taken on board the community concerns about the impact of a strong local mining industry and high demand for rental accommodation," she said.
"Action is already under way with new changes to social housing eligibility to allow greater flexibility in resource towns.
"This change will help locals into homes."
Ms Struthers said the government would continue to encourage investment in affordable housing and provide social housing.
"That's why we fund community organisations like ELAM who work with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness," she said.
"In (IRC), we have 192 units of social housing providing assistance to clients in need."