The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is seeking submissions on a policy which aims to provide guidance on potential accommodation development applications, including for a fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce. Mayor John Bowler said while the policy discourages construction of worker camps for FIFO employees and contractors, it provides a clear framework for assessing workforce accommodation proposals and will help build a more sustainable local community and economy.
The objective of the policy is to manage the development of workforce accommodation with a longer-term aim to maximise the residential workforce and ensure that, where workforce accommodation is provided, it is designed appropriately and contributes to Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s vision to be a place people call home. The council will undertake a consultative process that will guide the policy measures including time limited approvals, need for accommodation, location, design and community integration.
The draft policy indicates proposed facilities would undergo a Social Impact Assessment and require a Social Impact Management Plan to identify and mitigate negative effects to the community. The policy will ensure any new developments are fully evaluated and properly assessed within the approval process. In addition, 12-months before the expiry of the approved timeframe, the landowner must provide Council with a site decommissioning program or a transition plan.
CREDIT – Australian Mining