The State Government is yet to hand down a decision on whether Woodside’s proposal for a 700-bed FIFO camp on the outskirts of Karratha will be allowed to go ahead.
Council maintains there is no demonstrated need for the development and allowing it go to ahead would be detrimental for the local community.
Should the proposal be approved, a study undertaken by the Karratha Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry indicates 69 local jobs would be lost and $6.6 million would be removed from the local economy each year.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said he was optimistic the State Government would take the interests of the local community under consideration and make the right decision for those that live locally.
“The State Government is taking its time with this decision and I am hopeful this is because they are ensuring a good outcome for our local community and residents,” Cr Long said.
“We are yet to see any compelling evidence that demonstrates that there is a need for this facility and even if need can be demonstrated, the Council does not believe that the proposed location is the right location for a camp for the next 30 years.”
“Additionally, the designs and plan that the City had been shown for the facility are underwhelming and not in keeping with the Council's vision for the future of the City.”
It is likely the State Government will let us know their decision on Woodside’s Bay Village proposal in the next month.
The City of Karratha will continue to work with the State Government and Woodside to ensure the best outcome for the community as discussions continue.