THE State Government will consider calling in the development of the state’s biggest mining camp for 3200 people planned for the town of Moranbah.
The town has signalled it has had enough of the thousands of people in mining camps and has demanded the State Government consider the overturning of the approval of the Urban Land Development Authority.
Two days before Premier Campbell Newman announced he was handing back planning power to councils, the ULDA approved the camp owned by American company MAC.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker labelled the decision as arrogant and out of touch and has written to Mr Newman asking his urgent intervention.
She said if the camp went ahead there would be almost as many fly-in, fly-out workers in town as there are residents.
“The sheer size of it is the first point against it,” Cr Baker said.
The 50ha site is on the outskirts of the town and right next to an emerging residential development.
“This is a ridiculous development, delivered by a bad centrally imposed planning scheme, which our community whole heartedly rejects. I am urging Premier Campbell Newman to act now to put a stop to it.” she said.
“The ULDA has ignored and steamrolled our community at every turn. Our community objected to their draft plan over a year ago, they refused to listen.” she said.
The town has battled major social issues since the influx of FIFO workers and rents have skyrocketed to $3800 a week.
Cr Baker said the project would have a devastating impact on the town.
She said the council and the State Government needed to discuss alternatives to the camp.
Cr Baker said the council simply could not sit back while an agency that the Government now controlled and which the Premier opposed approved a development that would “challenge the social cohesion” of the town.
Planning Minister Jeff Seeney has 10 business days to call in the development.