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Bed providers look long term
NEARLY 1000 more beds slated for Blackwater region.
Wednesday 27 January 2016  

THE  Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) has approved nearly a 1000 more mining camp beds around Blackwater, despite opposition from Blackwater councillors Kevin Cracknell and Kevin Pickersgill.

In its first meeting for the year, council approved a proposed 408 person camp on the Capricorn Highway to be built by existing accommodation provider Minumbra, and another 505 person camp in Blackwater that would house workers for Caledon Coal.

However neither camp is expected anytime soon with the Minumbra camp to be fully completed by 2022, with a temporary camp being built for 96 workers by 2020.

Minumbra is an Australian owned and operated company which was formerly known as Transpac Capital Pty Ltd. It was established in 1997 and currently owns and operates villages at Coppabella, Bluff, Century and Gove in the Northern Territory.

The lease for the Minumbra camp is for 10 years, with options to extend for a further 20 years.

Caledon are hoping to increase their coal exports out of the Blackwater region through their proposed greenfield Minyango coal project and a new Longwall operation at the existing Cook Colliery.

The new camp is totally contingent on whether it can achieve these goals. If they do, their local workforce will increase between 300 and 500 people. However both projects are currently mired down in approvals and other delays.

Dissenting councillor Kevin Cracknell told local media he is concerned about how the camps will affect the Blackwater community.

“I know this has been a public issue, certainly at the state and national level about what these camps are providing these communities

“If we have got even 10 per cent of these 400 workers coming back to live in the Bluff community, that would put teachers in their school and all sorts of things”

“I am not just talking about bluff or Blackwater here, this is every mining community so we need to look at the full picture here.

“Everything seems to be going towards camps camps camps camps.”

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