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HANGCOCK MINING SAYS FRASER COAST FIFO MINE WORKERS INITIATIVE COULD PAY OFF FOR THE REGION IN JOBS

December 20th, 2012

FIFO MINE WORKERS TO BE BASED AT THE FRASER COAST PERHAPS

MINING giant GVK Hancock will investigate tapping into a fly-in, fly-out labour force from the Wide Bay to use in the construction of two mines.
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Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett, RDA WBB, has signed a five-year agreement with GVK Hancock in a significant boost to the RDA’s stated aim of attracting 3000 resource sector workers to the region within three years.

GVK Hancock is developing two mines in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland – the Alpha Coal Project and the Kevin’s Corner Project, which are supported by rail and port construction.

GVK estimates it will require about 4500 construction workers at peak for the Alpha Coal Project and more than 1800 construction workers for the Kevin’s Corner Project.

Building a network of direct flights from the Wide Bay Burnett to feed both projects during the construction phase is the aim.

“Opportunities in the resource sector are there for the taking but the challenge is to link employers operating in remote areas with suitable workers in high available labour areas such as the Wide Bay Burnett,” RDA WBB executive officer Paul Massingham said.
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“This is a significant step forward in establishing fly-in, fly-out operations in the Wide Bay Burnett.

“To capitalise on this opportunity, I encourage all resource sector workers to register their details at IM4FIFO.com.au.”

Managing director of Hancock Coal Paul Mulder commended RDA WBB for showing leadership and taking the initiative to understand resource sector issues and GVK Hancock’s projects in particular.

“An (agreement) with RDA WBB gives access to a skilled workforce, direct flight infrastructure and training solutions to support construction” Mr Mulder said.
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The FIFO Coordinator project is part of a state and federal government jointly-funded program designed to link job seekers in the Wide Bay Burnett with resource companies

Sourced from the local chronicle paper & published by Henry Sapiecha

WATER THEME PARK PROPOSED FOR HERVEY BAY TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST & WILL ENSHRINE THIS AREA ON THE TOURIST MAP ONCE AGAIN

December 18th, 2012

PROPOSED WATER THEME PARK IN URANGAN HERVEY BAY TO BE HUGE

The proposed Splash Bay development is in a suburban neighbourhood in Urangan.
The proposed Splash Bay development is in a suburban neighbourhood in Urangan. google and artist

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CONCERNS are being raised about the impact a proposed $28 million Urangan water park will have on the surrounding neighbourhood.

While acknowledging the benefits Splash Bay would bring to the Fraser Coast, some residents living near the intended site are worried about their quality of life.

John Brummell, owner of a townhouse in Seashells, a complex that would be next door to the water park, said he was concerned about the traffic and noise the estimated 300,000 annual visitors would generate.

“The noise will be huge,” Mr Brummell said.

“There will be no acoustic barriers that could be effective unless they were 15 metres high, and then Seashells would be like a prison.

“Then it’s a privacy issue.

“I know some units are facing directly into where the slides are going and their bedrooms are on the top floor – they are two-storey units, they face north – and people will be able to look directly in.”

He suggested other locations with better infrastructure could provide an improved buffer zone, citing recreation areas such as Wet ‘n’ Wild on the Gold Coast as examples of good planning.

Satellite images of the Urangan site and Wet ‘n’ Wild reveal the different neighbourhood dynamics.

Splash Bay is proposed for what is predominantly a residential zone, surrounded by homes, units and townhouses.

While the popular Gold Coast theme park has green areas on all sides, and the Pacific Hwy running along one of its borders.

Another who believes the Urangan venture has been proposed at the wrong end of town is Barry Osborne.

He said many people in that neighbourhood bought there with the belief the character of the area would be maintained.

“They (the developers) are showing no consideration for residents adjacent to the proposed water park,” Mr Osborne said.

“These people purchased with the understanding that the area was residential and have a right to enjoy their life without interference.”
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How the two compare:

Wet ‘n’ Wild

  • Wet ‘n’ Wild is about 150m from its nearest home. Other frontages stretch 1.4km before meeting residential areas
  • Bushland provides a natural noise buffer
  • The Pacific Motorway, which borders another frontage, prevents traffic from clogging residential roads and neighbourhoods
Wet 'n' Wild satellite image.
Wet ‘n’ Wild satellite image. google

Splash Bay

  • It is proposed Splash Bay be built in a suburban neighbourhood
  • Its nearest homes would be as close as next-door or across the street
  • Acoustic-buffer fencing would potentially be the only measure in place to combat noise
  • Traffic would be funnelled on to suburban roads
Sourced from the local Chronicle paper by Henry Sapiecha
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