CLOSING TIME: Origin's Condabri camp, south of Miles, will close by late August.
CLOSING TIME: Origin's Condabri camp, south of Miles, will close by late August. FILE

Condabri camp closes

ALL eyes are on Roma workers' camps after the formal announcement was made by Origin that the Condabri workers' camp would be closing for good.

The Miles and District Chamber of Commerce spearheaded the push for the closure of the 400-bed capacity camp located about 20 minutes south of Miles.

Maranoa Mayor Tyson Golder said the support by major gas companies needed to return to the level of support and interaction that was provided to the Maranoa before the major construction phase.

"Our general business economy is struggling more than it did prior to the major construction phase.

"I believe there is a serious responsibility for companies to take action similar to that in Miles... significantly reducing the effects of a rental property oversupply and positively influencing the broader business market,” he said.

Cr Golder said he understood the industry was at different levels but most of the activity from local industry needed to have local expenditure and resources.

"I'd like to applaud the initiative of relocating into the community and would like to see this replicated here in the Maranoa, where we have business with the capability and the solutions to make it work.

"This will bring back local jobs and bolster economic development for the region,” he said.

Origin regional manager Tim Ogilvie said the company was asking its permanent, operational employees to move from accommodation villages at Condabri and Talinga into locally-provided accommodation in Miles and Chinchilla.

"We will continue to operate other on-site accommodation facilities across region to cater for project-based construction, contractors and mobile crews who drill and connect wells and do not have a fixed work location.

"We care about our people and will support them through this transition.

"We will also work collaboratively with the local community and businesses to ensure the change is positive for everyone,” Mr Ogilvie said.


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