RESTART: Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett will head back to the negotiating table with BHP after residents spoke out against a 6,000-worker camp proposal.

Port Hedland puts halt on BHP camp

The Town of Port Hedland has put the brakes on a BHP Billiton Iron Ore proposal to build a 6,000-bed transient workers camp, saying it will renegotiate with the miner to reduce the size of the facility following a groundswell of criticism.


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I've lived in the Pilbara (Port Hedland and Karratha) since 1968 until 2006. The camp will bring no benefits to the town and its inhabitants, in fact the opposite will be true. Look at Karratha. What is going to happen to the land and the camp when BHP is finished with it. On the other hand I think that BHP is a better company to negotiate with than Rio Tinto. Just think what a sudden influx of 6000 people will bean to the town, road traffic, air traffic, power supply, medical/hospital facilities. To the Shire Council make sure you've thought over all the possibilities and have it written down in contracts. The present inhabitants of the town should benefit. Things as underground power and underground piped gas should be part of the developments.

The social impacts of FIFO on families and small towns is very ingrained and far reaching. It is far better to have employees working and living in the nearby towns. The mining companies need to take more social responsibility for their workersand the nearby towns near their operations. Who pays for the social upheavals. Who pays for the exhorbatent house prices and rentals. Who pays the teachers,nurses, supermarket staff when their employees takeoff to the higher paying positions at the mines and other mining operations. Good on you PH for sticking up for your rights. Recoomend that housing estates be built with schools, community centres, shopping etc. DAK

PH is not a remote town anymore. Its a regional centre. The city should be expanded to accommodate these workers along with their families. Schools, Hospitals, public transport and shopping centres all need to be installed to accommodate. FIFO is a terrible way to live. The suicide rates, the destroyed families and the town receives little benefit as the workers rarely visit. Good on the town for demanding better.

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