ISAAC Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker will fight the proposed workers’ camp earmarked for prime residential land within Moranbah’s urban footprint.
In a fiery speech to 400 Moranbah residents at the community centre on Thursday, Cr Baker declared the MAC Group’s mining camp a destructive, illogical and irresponsible development that would threaten the future of one of Australia’s greatest coal mining communities.
“The message for the government is simple. You can’t solve a housing crisis by taking the last remaining residential land for family housing, and stick Queensland’s biggest camp on it,” Cr Baker said. “You can put a camp in numerous places outside our urban footprint, but this residential land will be lost forever if this irresponsible development proceeds.”
After the Urban Land Development Authority approved the camp, which will house 3200 people, late last week, Cr Baker wrote to Premier Campbell Newman asking him to intervene.
“The Newman Government needs to call this development in, allow the proponents to work on solutions with the council, and re-decide the application in a way that meets legitimate community expectations, supports sustainable industry growth, rather than stomping on the community’s future hopes and aspirations,” she said.
“I hope the State Government can see that it is a big mistake to allow our community to be trampled by a distant bureaucracy (ULDA).”
Cr Baker dismissed speculation that resource projects were relying on this development to house their workers in order to proceed with mining developments.
“Relocating this development would in no way impact resource company arrangements for their workforce.”