Isaac community outraged at lack of Housing Impact Plan

Anne Baker.
Anne Baker. Contributed

CONCERN has been raised over the Queensland Coordinator General's decision to approve BMA's Caval Ridge Mine Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP) without the approval of a Housing Impact Plan.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the Housing Impact Plan was one of the most important components in determining what impact the development would have on a community.

"While I am surprised by the Queensland Coordinator General's decision, I look forward to the housing study being looked at in detail in the New Year."

"Council has raised these concerns and our questions to BMA and the Coordinator General are still outstanding."

"This is the first Social Impact Management Plan that has been approved in the Isaac region; therefore it's a fundamental concern that the Housing Impact Plan was not included."

Caval Ridge will be located southeast of Moranbah and is expected to produce around 2.5 million tonnes of hard coking coal each year when it begins production in 2014.

IRC Executive Director of Planning and Sustainable Communities, Scott Riley, said it is very concerning the SIMP has been approved without a completed and integrated Housing Impact Plan.

"From Council's perspective the current draft HIP contains fatal flaws and will deliver some negative consequences for the community."

"We ask that the Coordinator-General address Council's concerns as a matter of urgency in a meaningful way."

Queensland Government Acting Premier Jeff Seeney said negotiations were ongoing with Isaac Regional Council.

"The Government has been negotiating with Isaac Regional Council for some time to address the housing crisis in Moranbah and will continue to do so," Mr Seeney said.

BMA has plans for a workers' camp at Buffel Park, 16 kilometres from Moranbah.

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