Council approves two new camps
CENTRAL Highlands councillor Kevin Cracknell was one of only two councillors to vote against two workers camps approved for development in Bluff and Blackwater during the council's first general meeting for 2016.
Water pollution, car parking and commitment to community were among Cr Cracknell's key concerns with both applications, which will see Minumbra Pty Ltd construct a 408-room camp in Bluff and Caledon Coal Pty Ltdbuild a 505-person camp in Blackwater.
"I know this has been a public issue, certainly at state and national level about what these camps are providing the communities," Cr Cracknell said during the discussion over the first application.
"If we have got even 10 per cent of those 400 (workers) come back into the Bluff community, that would put teachers in their school and all sorts of things," Cr Cracknell said.
"I am not just talking about Bluff or Blackwater here.
"This is every mining community, so we need to look at the big picture here.
"Everything seems to be going towards camps, camps, camps, camps."
Cr Kevin Pickersgill was the second councillor to vote against the applications.
The Minumbra camp will be constructed in four stages near Bluff and will aim to provide various expanding mines and companies with an opportunity to house their workers locally.
Stage one - a temporary 96-person camp - is due to be completed by 2020, with the first of the permanent rooms (240) to be constructed by 2022.
The Caledon Coal camp will support the operations of the mining project Minyango and existing Cook Colliery mine.
Location: 17,417 Capricorn Hwy, Bluff.
Capacity: Total of 408 rooms after 96 temporary rooms dismantled.
Parking: Minimum of 267 sealed car parks (0.53 per room) and the remaining 86 provided to a lesser standard (e.g. gravel).
Life: 10-year lease with two consecutive options to renew for a further period of 10 years each.
Location: 364 Tantallon Rd, Blackwater.
Capacity: Total of 505 persons to support the operations of the mining project Minyango and existing Cook Colliery mine.
Parking: 280 car parks.
Life: Same life span as Minyango and Cook Colliery.