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The new facility would reduce Woodside’s demand on other transient worker villages in Karratha.

Karratha opposes new Fifo camp

The City of Karratha has strongly opposed Woodside Petroleum’s plans for a 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp, but the final decision rests with Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti, who is playing her cards close to her chest.

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South Hedland WA
Thank you Peter (Long) for providing an accurate portrayal of the disbelief many locals have towards this unnecessary proposal. Fifo jobs were supposed to have been created in order to fill the positions not able to be filled by residential workers. Camps were created when there was a huge housing crisis and they weren't able to find enough suitable accommodation for their staff. Now that times have changed, the construction phase of many projects has wound down in towns such as Karratha, Port Hedland and Newman, the local community would receive little to no benefit allowing these camps to be built. Just today, an article was released that revealed information to support Karratha and Port Hedland having some of the highest mortgage default levels in Australia- with roughly 5% of all owners behind on their mortgage. Speaking in relation to Port Hedland specifically (I do acknowledge the issue in question is based in Karratha, 210km South of Hedland), many would agree that the government has an obligation to the ratepayers of our town to encourage sustainable growth within our real estate market. This is due to the fact the government had made a promise to not release further land around South Hedland. This promise was broken and contributed to one of the most aggressive reduction in property values seen in a generation- up to 90% in some cases (average of 85% reduction in property values since the peak earlier this decade). Workers' camps, especially one the size of this proposed development, will have further negative impacts on the local community if they go ahead, considering there are more than 150 properties available for rent within close proximity of the proposed camp. The government would simply be signing a suicide note if they were to approve this development.

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