An artist's impression of Woodside's proposed 700-bed camp in Karratha.

Woodside to spend $400m on Fifo camp

Woodside Petroleum is hoping to win state government backing for a new 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp at Karratha, after selecting a consortium led by Multiplex and Compass Group to build, own and operate the facility.


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Don't let it happen. Karratha needs residential to bring in local jobs for youth in the area. Fifo destroys the community fabric of the town and does not help the local economy.

Here we go again. What a joke, More FIFO facilities taking money out of the town. Great!!!!

Half the houses in Karratha are empty... fill them up first!

Certainly don't need another camp in Karratha, way too many empty houses.

So what you're saying is we should have more brownfield experienced oil and gas personnel living in Karratha, or we should put lives at risk by throwing anyone who lives in Karratha into a live gas plant? There is a reason people are flown to the Karratha gas plant.

Woodside should lease some of the empty houses, or better still buy them as an asset.

Dampier is named after William Dampier who was one of the original pirates of the Caribbean and was arguably the first Englishman to set foot on Aussie soil in 1688. He sailed down the straits and saw the Dampier Archipelago, and said the rocks appear to be rusting and made some unflattering observations of the locals, which basically set the tone of white man/Aboriginal relations ever since. This town, Dampier, population 1,300, is one of the more picturesque towns on the Pilbara Coast (believe me, there aren’t that many). However, it slowly being killed off by the mining industry and the state government. The old-timers say the town was thriving 30 years ago; now the shopping centre has empty shops, most the families are gone, replace by Fifo single men who don’t need schools, shopping or community. It’s the same story in mining towns all over Australia. These places are hollowing out. The state government has responded by closing the medical centre, closing the post office and removing public transport. The few real locals are keeping the yacht club going, at least, and it appears a huge chunk of the membership is from Karratha, a major centre 20 kilometres away (15,000 population), which isn’t anywhere as nice as Dampier. Well, the mining companies have thrown back a pebble; they sponsor a community bus, so we actually have a way to get to Karratha, where there is a Centro shopping mall with all shops of the big city.

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