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BHP's Port Hedland Airport Camp Gets Nod
Mar 14,2012 10:06CST
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BHP Billiton has received approval from the Town of Port Hedland for a scaled down version of its fly-in, fly-out worker's village at Port Hedland airport.

BHP Billiton has received approval from the Town of Port Hedland for a scaled down version of its fly-in, fly-out worker's village at Port Hedland airport.

Under the new proposal thrashed out between the State Government, the council and the company, the number of workers to be accommodated has been reduced to 2000, down from the original proposal of 6000.

That number will be potentially increased to up to 4000 if BHP Billiton's iron ore division proceeds with its outer harbour development at Port Hedland.

In January, the mining giant proposed the 6000-person camp for its construction workers on a section of land at Hedland International Airport that is owned by the Town of Port Hedland, which knocked back the plan.

On Monday night, the Council resolved to accept modifications to the business plan for a construction workforce camp located at Precinct 3 at the airport.

Council also resolved to redirect $40 million from the proceeds of the project from the Airport Redevelopment Reserve for the purpose of developing the Spoilbank Precinct.

“During our negotiations, we identified the opportunity to progress two of Council’s top ten priority projects - the Airport Redevelopment and the Spoilbank Precinct Development,” Mayor Kelly Howlett said.

“$40 million from the income we receive from this proposal in year one will be contributed towards developing the Spoilbank Precinct, whilst a further $40 million to come in over the next three years will be allocated toward the redevelopment of the airport.”

BHPB have also committed to constructing 1000 new residential dwellings for their operational workforce over the next five years and the creation of a 33 lot subdivision for the Town of Port Hedland on the airport land which will be used for ‘Big Box’ retail.

“These ‘big box’ retail lots will provide Council with land to attract large retail outlets to Port Hedland, which will be like our Osborne Park,” Mayor Howlett said.

“One of the main concerns of the community and Council is the effect of fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) on the local community, so we have sought commitment from State Government to mitigate the impacts of FIFO and address the issue of key worker housing.”
 


 

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