City of Karratha

FIFO camp to jeopardise local jobs and economy

25 Oct 2017

A Woodside proposal to build a 700-bed FIFO camp on the outskirts of Karratha will have significant negative impacts to the local economy an economic impact report has found.

The report produced by the Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry has found that the Woodside Bay Village FIFO camp would lead to a net loss of 69 local jobs, $4.8 million in local incomes and take $6.6 million per year from the local economy.

It concluded that Woodside’s baseload and peak shutdown workforce accommodation needs could be met through existing accommodation suppliers and that removing demand from the current market would likely jeopardise the commercial viability of many independent camp operations.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said that while the Bay Village camp proposal may provide a short-term sugar hit to the local business community through the construction phase of the project, it will have a significant negative impact to the local economy and community over the long-term.

“What we have said, and this report confirms, is that there is no need to build this FIFO Camp as there is an oversupply of rooms even at peak load periods. The proposal is poor planning and is bad for local businesses and local jobs,” Cr Long said.

“Council acknowledges that Woodside is an important contributor to the local and state economies and recognises that transient workforce accommodation is sometimes necessary during short-term construction periods and maintenance shutdowns but to date insufficient evidence has been provided as to why this camp is needed.”

Council is continuing to push for alternative accommodation options to be explored by Woodside which would provide better outcomes for the local economy.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and Chief Executive Chris Adams met with Minister for Planning and Lands Rita Saffioti this week to discuss the proposal and potential alternative solutions.

The City has also written Woodside CEO Peter Coleman and Chairman Michael Chaney asking them to seriously reconsider the proposal

“The City believes that this proposal does not represent good corporate citizenship from Woodside and is short-term thinking whereby getting access to cheap accommodation for its workers would come at the expense of existing TWA providers, the local economy and the community.”

“The City of Karratha is calling on the State Government to listen to calls from the community and Council, and reject the application to build a 700-bed camp for FIFO workers.”

Click here for the KDCCI media statement.

Click here for the full Economic Impact Report.