Group moves to block new camp
ZOE Fuller: “There are already enough empty houses”
Thursday 07 April 2016
LODGING an objection to a development application by the Jellinbah Group to build a 212 room mining camp on Williamson Road near Bluff was the first order of business for the Blackwater Community Group (BCG) this week.
The proposed accommodation complex is part of the Jellinbah Group's plans to expand their mining operations north of their existing activities to an area approximately 24 km north-east of Blackwater (in a straight line). While the expansion is not expected to lead to an increase in production or the size of the workforce, the Blackwater Review understands it will offer a closer accommodation alternative than commuting back to Blackwater of Bluff which is considerably longer by road than in a straight line.
However Chair of the BCG Zoe Fuller, says she does not want to see another camp around Blackwater.
“Getting the submission in this week was our major priority because a lot of people have been struggling with the paperwork, so we just wanted to make sure they were filled out correctly by today’s deadline,” she told the Blackwater Review.
“We just don’t want to see another camp in Blackwater, there are already enough empty houses, we want to see some families move back into those before we look at building more accommodation.
“We have had a chat with new Councillor Ian McIndoe and told him what our concerns are, and now we just need to get our objection to the development application lodged.”
The group also gave an update on the state of repairs to the toilets at the Blackwater Mall. Mrs Fuller said work had commenced - as promised by the Mall's owner Lloyd McDonald when he visited the last meeting of the BCG nearly a month ago.
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