Residents in Emerald have petitioned to stop a resort’s expansion as they believe is used as mining accommodation.
The Pritchard Road Country Resort was bought by Village National Pritchard Properties P/L in April 2012 for $9.9 million and proposed to expand the resort.
But a residents’ group believes it is a dishonest attempt by developers to build a mining camp under the name of an existing resort.
Village National business development manager Barry Moore said the resort wasn’t a camp. “The village is open to all,” he said. “We have road work repairers, railway repair workers, and yes, mining workers staying… we’re not a mine camp, we’re an in-town accommodation facility no different to a motel.
“Whether they drive to work, come by rail or aircraft is really none of our concern,” he said.