HOUSING for potentially hundreds of Iron Road mine workers will be part of a master plan being investigated by the Wudinna District Council.
Iron Road has submitted the development application for its Central Eyre Iron Project infrastructure to the state government detailing the infrastructure to be located outside the proposed mining lease at Warramboo including its Cape Hardy port at Port Neill, a workers village and a rail, power and water corridor.
Wudinna District Council chief executive officer Alan McGuire said accommodation for 200 to 300 people could be required at Wudinna along with the mine site construction camp.
He said so many additional people living in the town would impact other infrastructure such as the hospital and school.
“We’re just trying to envisage what that’s going to look like,” he said.
On Tuesday the council gave the green light to investigating a structural master plan on potential infrastructure.
Mr McGuire said the plan would look at where new residential areas could go and what would be required in terms of other infrastructure.
“We’re trying to get ahead of the game on this.
“We’ll look at securing information about the specialist advice that’s available and whether we can get supported funding.”
The council will now be able to use information from the company’s development application details.
“It’s a positive development and gives us something we can work with.
“While we’ve had many discussions with the company it’s only ever been in terms of ‘what ifs’.
“We’ve talked about it for awhile but realised we were getting ahead of ourselves and didn’t want to invest a lot of money on a maybe.
“Now we’ll start to get more specific detail about their project intent and that will give us some direction regarding to how we need to respond.
“We haven’t yet heard anything on whether they will be able to secure funding for the project which we’re all waiting on.”
Tumby Bay District Council chief executive officer Trevor Smith said the council would find out the details of the application and how they would affect the district at a meeting with the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy in early July.
Tumby Bay District Council chief executive officer Trevor Smith said the the Cape Hardy port could generate potential long-term benefits for the Tumby Bay district in terms of employment, with a workers accommodation camp at the port end and the mine end.
He said the Cape Hardy port could generate potential long-term benefits for the Tumby Bay district in terms of employment, with a workers accommodation camp at the port end and the mine end.
While the initial construction phase – about two to three years – was expected to involve fly-in fly-out workers, the company would most likely require a stable locally-based long-term workforce.
Cleve District Council chief executive officer Peter Arnold said the most significant effect on the Cleve district would be the creation of a new rail corridor from the most northern to the most southern boundaries.
“The new corridor is expected to create up to an additional 12 rail crossings across our district.
“Council will be ensuring that any new rail crossings are constructed in a manner and to a standard to minimise inconvenience and address safety concerns of all road users.”
He said the council was waiting for more detailed information from the company before determining further details on how the district would be affected.
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