Pritchard Road Country Resort says ‘We’re not a camp'
THE residents around the Pritchard Road Country Resort have banded together with a petition to stop development on the site they believe is used as mining accommodation.
"Hundreds of residents have signed our submission and we are appalled at the developer's dishonest attempt to expand the site into a mining camp under the guise of an existing resort," resident Carla Tumai said.
The group believes it is a dishonest attempt by developers Village National Emerald to build a mining camp under the name of an existing resort.
"We have now got solid evidence to prove our claims and they are turning away families and children stating that the accommodation is unsuitable and the recreation facilities are not up to the standard of a resort," Ms Tumai said.
"They even cancelled a couple's wedding celebrations at the resort a week before they were to be married, stating that the resort had changed ownership and had become a mining camp."
Village National business development manager Barry Moore said the company was "playing by the rules" and the resort wasn't a camp.
"The village is open to all," he said. "We have road work repairers, railway repair workers, and yes, mining workers staying… we're not a mine camp, we're an in-town accommodation facility no different to a motel."
Mr Moore said claims the development application stated most of the guests would not have vehicles did not suggest FIFO workers.
"Whether they drive to work, come by rail or aircraft is really none of our concern," he said..
"They'll be arriving by various terms of transport which is why the council assessed our proposal and approved it."
Village National Pritchard Properties Pty Ltd bought the resort in April 2012 for $9.9 million and proposed to expand the resort under a development application of material change of use accommodation building which other motels in town would fall under if they chose to expand.