Independent umpire rules in favour of City on Bay Village camp
09 Oct 2018
The City had expressed disappointment that Woodside would be contesting a number of conditions including how many years the camp could operate and who it could accommodate.
The independent Joint Development Assessment Panel, however, has sided with the City and ruled that the camp can operate for a 10-year time limit only, instead of the 30 pushed by Woodside, and that it can only be used for the company’s employees and its contractors.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said he was pleased with the outcome and that the community’s interests were upheld.
“Our Council has fought extremely hard to ensure that if this facility is to be built, it is done with the community’s best interests at heart,” Cr Long said.
“The 10-year development approval is in line with all recent camp developments to ensure that FIFO facilities only remain while demand exists.”
“Limiting its use to Woodside workers and contractors will ensure the facility operates as originally proposed by Woodside, i.e. for its expansion projects only, and not in the open market.”
“To have these conditions upheld by the independent umpire is proof that Council’s diligent endeavours to ensure the best possible outcome for the community has paid off.”
“The City will continue to work with Woodside and the State Government to ensure that the Bay Village camp is built in line with community and Council expectations.”