LISTEN: Curtis Island worker accommodation could be re-used
WORKERS camp infrastructure on Curtis Island is available for relocation to Clermont or Emerald for Adani mine construction workers, according to the Gladstone Regional Council mayor.
Mayor Matt Burnett said he had received an email from Kevin Berg from Betchel saying, "yes, Matt, absolutely. We have no intention of keeping them any longer than we need to and they will be disassembling that workers accommodation pronto".
LISTEN: Matt Burnett on the Curtis Island worker accommodation
He highlighted the opportunity for Adani to approach Adco, the owner of the infrastructure on the local island for the upcoming construction of Queensland's biggest coal mining project.
His comments come after it was announced that Rockhampton, Townsville and Mackay had been identified as three regional employment hubs for the $21.7 million project.
"If Rockhampton are going to be the base for accommodation then they certainly need their planners discussing this with the Coordinator-General about the housing issues that will come along with that," Mayor Burnett said.
"But it is more likely that the housing or the workers accommodation will be housed further out closer to the mine at Clermont so if they are looking for some old unwanted workers accommodation, we have some on Curtis Island that should be getting wrapped up now owned by Adco.
"The conditions set by the Coordinator-General said that those workers accommodation on the Curtis Island in particular, were only to be set up for construction.
"Construction is all but complete so it is time for those to go."