Council slams mining camp

ISAAC Regional Council has slammed the Urban Land Development Authority over its approval of a huge workers camp near Moranbah.

The MAC Services Group’s application for a 3200-room facility on 50?hectares was approved on May 29.

Isaac Mayor Anne Baker has lashed out at the decision, which came just two days before Minister for Planning Jeff Seeney announced the State Government would transfer planning powers from the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) back to councils.

“The ULDA has ignored and steamrolled our community at every turn,” Cr Baker said. “Our community objected to their draft plan over a year ago.”

A ULDA spokesperson said the size and type of the MAC group’s proposed facility was warranted in the short term to support the resource projects in the region.

The application was lodged in December 2011.

“We then objected to this record-breaking and permanent 3258-person camp development under their centrally imposed planning scheme – and they refused to listen,” Cr Baker said.

The spokesperson said only eight submissions had been received during public consultation early this year.

“The key issues raised related to the potential adverse impacts the facility may have on essential services in town,” they said. The ULDA imposed several development approval conditions.

“The ULDA is requiring that the MAC dedicate 5% of rooms (163 beds) as affordable housing for non-mining key workers or provide a comparable monetary contribution to the Isaac Affordable Housing Trust for the provision of permanent affordable housing,” the spokesperson said.

Significant infrastructure contributions also are required, including the provision of a delivery strategy, the construction of all local infrastructure at the site, a $3.4m contribution to local infrastructure and an upgrade to the Moranbah Access-Moranbah Railway Station Rds intersection.

Cr Baker yesterday wrote to Premier Campbell Newman urging him to intervene and put a stop to the project.

She will also host a public meeting at Moranbah Community Centre at 7pm on Thursday to discuss the development.

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