Warro Gas Project

Latent Petroleum, Location 10323 Coalara Road,


Badgingarra – Proposed Temporary Camps

Location: Location 10323 Coalara Road, Badgingarra

Applicant: Latent Petroleum

File Path: Development Services App / Development

Application / 2011 /10

Disclosure of Interest: None

Date: 16 March 2015

Senior Officer:

warro gas olcoa badgingarra



To consider an application for the issue of a temporary planning approval for temporary main and supplementary rig camps at Location 10323 Coalara Road, Badgingarra for the period 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2016.



The Warro Field is located approximately 42km from the Brand Hwy adjoining the Watheroo National Park to the east and the Marchagee Track to the north. It has been explored since 1977 with four wells drilled, the latest being Warro‐04 in 2011. The Warro Gas Field is within Retention Leases (R)6 and 7.

An agreement and lease is in place with one of the two landowners to engage in the ongoing exploration for gas on his property and install the drilling rig and camp/s.

Latent Petroleum was granted approval for a temporary mining camp at Loc 10323 by Council on 17 February 2011 for the period 21 February 2011 to 21 November 2011 to carry out well testing operations for gas extraction from the Warro Gas Field on the subject allotment over a nine month period.

An extension of time (6 months) was granted by Council on 27 October 2011 for a new expiry date of 21 May 2012.

The above approvals have now expired.

A condition of approval was that all infrastructure and temporary buildings be removed by the expiry date. The applicant was questioned about the non removal of the camp, they advised that the campsite has been mothballed and was non operational after the expiry date.

Latent petroleum have submitted a new application for the temporary main camp and for a temporary supplementary mobile rig camp at two different locations on the same property for the purpose of extended testing to be carried out.

The temporary period of time sought for the proposal is from 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2016


The Programme

The Warro‐05 and Warro‐06 wells are a follow up to the Warro‐03 and Warro‐04 wells drill in 2008 and 2011 respectively when a similar application was lodged and grated for a camp supplied by the same contractor, Bonnie Rock Transport (“BRT”). The original application expired in late 2010 and the second application expired in 2012. The proposed camp will support the rig drilling the new wells.

Drilling operations are anticipated to commence in June 2015, however it is possible that the rig and camp may be mobilised to location a month either side of this date dependent on the rig work schedule.

Details of the proposals are provided in the attachments.



The applicant has applied for renewal of a special Building License previously granted. With the advent of the new Building Act, special building licenses no longer exist and therefore cannot be renewed. Therefore the applicant is required to obtain development approval and seek any standard building permits required under the Building Act and Regulations.

Temporary mining camps are a use not listed in the Zoning Table (Table 1) of Local Planning Scheme No.7. Section 4.4.2 of the scheme reads:

‘If a person proposes to carry out on land any use that is not specifically mentioned in the Zoning Table and cannot reasonably be determined as falling within the type, class or genus of activity of any other use category the local government may:

(a) Determine that the use is consistent with the objectives of the particular zone and is therefore permitted;

(b) Determine that the use may be consistent with the objectives of the particular zone and thereafter follow the advertising procedures of clause 9.4 in considering an application for planning approval; or

(c) Determine that the use is not consistent with the objectives of the particular zone and is therefore not permitted.’

The Shire has previously granted approvals for such camps on the subject allotment and has determined that the use is consistent with the objectives of the particular zone and is therefore permitted.



·       Applicant



Local Planning Scheme No.7



There are no policy implications relevant to this item.



There are no financial implications relevant to this item.



There are no strategic implications relevant to this item.



Circulated with the agenda are the following items relevant to this report:

·       Location Plan (Doc Id: 47993)

·       Development Plans (Doc Id: 47995 & 47996) (Marked 9.4.4)



Simple majority



That Council grant planning approval for the establishment of a temporary main camp and supplementary temporary mobile rig camp (two locations) on Location 10323 Coalara Road Badgingarra for the period 1 April 2015 until 30 June 2016 subject to the following conditions:

1. The land use and development shall be undertaken in accordance with the approved and stamped plans;

2. That a building permit is required prior to the commencement of any development onsite;

3. That the proposed onsite effluent disposal system is approved by the WA Department of Health prior to installation onsite; and


4. That all improvements / temporary buildings be removed from Location 10323 Coalara Road by the 31 July 2016.


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