Council seeks cap on mining camps

ISAAC Regional Council is urging the State Government to put caps on non-resident workers' accommodation, including mining camps, to ensure there is an adequate supply of family-friendly accommodation options.

In its submission to the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA), council has suggested village-style rooms to be capped at 30% and medium to high density unit developments to also be capped at 30%. The submission also states there should be no less than 40% detached residential housing.

Isaac Mayor Cedric Marshall said this ratio was in line with council's adopted policy statement, which supports the provision of accommodation choice for families and workers.

Cr Marshall said the need for caps on certain styles of accommodation was among the issues that needed to be addressed in the ULDA's Moranbah UDA plan to ensure long-term liveability of the town.

Elsewhere in the submission, council has requested greater flexibility and an end to density restrictions when it comes to the development of council land.

Cr Marshall said the Moranbah UDA needed to reflect the fundamentals for growing sustainable communities.

“Our communities grow best when there is choice and flexibility,” he said.

“We need to make sure that we capitalise on the region's growth and we are pleased the community is taking such an interest.”

Moranbah Action Group chairwoman Kelly Vea Vea welcomed council's proposed caps on village and unit-style accommodation.

In its submission to the ULDA, the group has also suggested there should be a cap on single-person accommodation, although they didn't propose any ratios.

“It definitely means we are taking the same approach,” Ms Vea Vea said.

“Without effective market intervention, guidance and incentives for development of permanent family housing, combined with restrictions and caps on temporary accommodation dwelling numbers, the ULDA is giving mining companies a blank cheque to decide the very social, cultural and economic fabric of our community, with no reference to the community's desired outcomes.

“We've just asked for a cap. At the moment, without doing any study or research, we don't know what a reasonable percentage is.”

The Moranbah UDA will guide development in the mining town for the next 30 years.

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