Draft policy approved for workers’ accommodation

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Port Hedland dust breached guidelines on 144 days.
Camera IconPort Hedland dust breached guidelines on 144 days. Credit: Picture: Alex Massey, Alex Massey.

Town of Port Hedland councillors have agreed to a draft policy allowing workforce accommodation in the West End in the face of community concern over dust issues and growing tensions with buy-back residents.

At a meeting last week, councillors endorsed a proposed WA Planning Commission recommendation to allow “workforce accommodation to be a preferred use in the Maritime Precinct”.

In statement time, former Mayor Camilo Blanco said the recommendation was “not outlined in depth”, posed a health hazard and questioned whether accommodation would house FIFO workers, potentially upsetting residents facing the State’s housing buy back scheme.

In response to the concerns, Cr Warren McDonogh said the accommodation would cater for businesses in the precinct and proposed to clarify the details if the matter was endorsed.

In moving the motion, Mayor Peter Carter cast a second vote to break a three-all deadlock.

Mr Carter said the inclusion of workers’ accommodation was in line with the Town’s hopes for the Maritime Precinct.

“The inclusion of workforce accommodation is consistent with the intent of the Maritime Precinct, provided workers do not reside within the area for more than three months in a 12 month period,” he said.

“The application of the draft policy will promote economic development of the area by guiding land uses to group together in sub-precincts, enabling certainty for investment and development.”

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