Council: Put lid on accommodation

Isaac Regional Council is urging the State Government to put caps on non-resident workers’ accommodation, including mining camps.

Mayor Cedric Marshall wants the measure introduced to ensure there is an adequate supply of family-friendly accommodation options.

In its submission to the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA), the council suggested village-style rooms be capped at 30% and medium to high-density unit developments also be capped at 30%.

The submission also stated there should be no less than 40% detached residential housing

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

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

Elsewhere in the submission, council requested greater flexibility and an end to density restrictions in 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.”

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.

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