The City of Karratha has extended the development approval of one of the City’s top FIFO camps by seven years after the operator took the matter to the State Administrative Tribunal over a previous five-year extension. Fleetwood Corporation had originally applied for a 12-year extension to its Searipple Village but in July the local government decided to grant less than half the requested time — a five-year extension. However, after Fleetwood took the matter to the SAT, the City unanimously voted in favour of a seven-year development approval extension, two years more than originally granted. This would represent a five year extension for freehold Lot 250 and a two year extension for the two Crown lots that make up the accommodation village. Fleetwood chief executive Bruce Nicholson said the City had been clear that its guidelines set the maximum length of a development application at five years. “Given the size of our investment on site, the needs of our staff in the region and upcoming significant demand for key infrastructure projects, Fleetwood was seeking a longer tenure over the site, therefore, the SAT was the appropriate channel to negotiate a suitable outcome with the City of Karratha, resulting in the seven-year extension,” he said. Mr Nicholson said it was a good outcome for everyone and got the balance right for the council and Fleetwood to continue their long-term investment and commitment to the Karratha region. After two mediation hearings, Fleetwood advised the local government it would be prepared to accept an extension until January 31, 2029. Mayor Peter Long said the seven-year agreement was “a win-win for everybody”.