Mineral Resources (MinRes) has welcomed the first occupants to its resort-style accommodation pods at the Ken’s Bore site in Western Australia.
The miner said the milestone was significant for its CSI construction and village operations teams who are progressively installing 250 pods with a total of 500 rooms at Ken’s Bore ready for full occupation in 2024.
The pods, fabricated in Perth by remote housing specialists The Complete Group, are designed to be suitable for singles or couples, with rooms three times the size of traditional fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) accommodation.
Features include queen size beds, in-room washer-dryers, big-screen televisions with a video call function, kitchenettes, and an outdoor veranda with electric barbecues.
Amenities are set to include an Olympic-size swimming pool, bistro, lounge, indoor fitness centre, recreation building and sports courts.
MinRes general manager infrastructure Tim Clements said the Onslow Iron accommodation sets a new industry standard.
“Everything is a first from a construction point of view and the rooms are just one part of it,” he said.
“The amenities are designed to improve the quality of peoples’ downtime and create a complete lifestyle experience.”
The housing project is the latest iteration of MinRes’ commitment to improving the lives of its employees and the community, with the company donating $300,000 to 37 WA charities over the Christmas period.
“While Christmas is meant to be a time of joy, many people experience isolation, financial pressure or family conflict. Through our Christmas Giving program, we are determined to help,” MinRes company secretary Jenna Mazza said.
“Since the launch of the program in 2018, MinRes has donated $1.3 million to charities across WA.
“We are proud to support charities that are making such a difference to the lives of WA’s most vulnerable people.”
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