Woodside is pressing ahead with its plans for a gas hub at James Price Point, with one of its contractors applying to build a massive camp just outside Broome to house almost 1000 transient workers.
Skunthorpe Accommodation Camp, 24km north-east of Broome, will house workers building accommodation at James Price Point. It will include a bar and wet mess and will, according to Woodside, ensure that workers do not flood tourist facilities in Broome.
A building application has been lodged with the Shire of Broome by Planning Solutions on behalf of Decmil Group in partnership with Nyimarr.
The application is for an "857-person temporary transient workers' accommodation on Lot 283 Broome Road, Roebuck". The application will go out to public comment tomorrow and be determined by the Kimberley Joint Development Assessment Panel.
Woodside said the main construction workforce would be at a purpose-built accommodation village at the Browse LNG Precinct, 60km north of Broome near James Price Point.
The camp would be the first accommodation available for the proposed development and house Woodside employees and contractors, including construction workers and offshore workers.
"The camp will minimise the use of established tourist accommodation during the Broome's tourist peak season," a Woodside spokeswoman said.
Woodside said strategies were in place to "maximise community benefit", including opportunities for local business participation, and to "minimise the impacts of the Browse development on the local community".
Broome shire president Graeme Campbell said that under planning rules the application must be bought before the Kimberley Joint Development Assessment Panel - the body that will either approve or refuse the application - within 90 days of its lodgement on January 7.
"This is a very large project and all sorts of matters will have to be considered, like the social impact and how the camp will be managed," Mr Campbell said.
Woodside said it was planned the camp would operate for up to five years from late this year, subject to a final investment decision, expected in the first half of the year.
Environment group Environs Kimberley called on Premier Colin Barnett to scrap development assessment panels and give back development powers to local government.
Executive director Martin Pritchard said the Kimberley assessment panel overrode the Shire of Broome last year by giving retrospective planning approval to Woodside for investigative work at James Price Point after the council refused the application.
'The camp will minimise the use of established tourist accommodation.' " Woodside spokeswoman