BMA FIFO camp rejected

ISAAC councillors have rejected BMA’s bid to build a 2500-bed mining camp to provide accommodation for workers at its Caval Ridge mine project near Moranbah.

BMA described the decision as disappointing, however, it was welcomed by those rallying against the mining giant’s plans for a 100% fly in, fly out workforce at Caval Ridge.

Civic leaders voted 6-3 in favour of turning down plans for BMA’s proposed Buffel park accommodation village, which would have included a permanent 2000-bed construction camp and a permanent 500-bed operations village.

A BMA spokesperson said the decision had caused major difficulties for the Caval Ridge mine project and BMA would now assess its options.

IRC Mayor Cedric Marshall said the project, in its current form, had been rejected by council on planning scheme grounds. He said councillors had considered legal advice and a number of other specialist reports when making their decision.

“The application was in conflict with a number of areas of the planning scheme and did not meet the intent of the planning scheme,” he said, adding that council would work with BMA to find a “win-win” situation.

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