Accommodation for 250 approved at Peculiar Knob mine

One of Australia’s biggest off-site construction companies has secured a contract to supply accommodation for WPG Resources’ $140 million mining project in central South Australia.

Ausco Modular’s contract will see the company build, deliver and install a state-of the-art accommodation village for almost 250 workers.

More than 100 of the buildings will be transported from Adelaide to the Peculiar Know iron ore mine, about 70 kilometres southeast of Coober Pedy.

The project is expected to be completed in October and Ausco’s regional manager Rob Wormald said the project will set a new standard for the industry.

“This village will set an industry benchmark in mining site accommodation, going above and beyond to make it a real home away from home for the workers on this project,” he said.

“It will have administration offices, kitchen and dining facilities, recreation buildings, plus a barbeque area, swimming pool and gym.

“Each bedroom will feature an ensuite bathroom, flat-screen television, split-system air-conditioning and fridge.”

The new accommodations are a far cry from the “donga’s” many fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers live in on site.

Donga’s are mostly converted shipping containers, small in size and lacking in luxury.

The Peculiar Knob accommodation are the result of collaboration between the WPG Resources and Ausco.

“We’ve worked closely with the WPG Resources team to come up with the best solution that delivers maximum functionality without compromising on worker comfort.

“We’ll provide a completely tailored solution, taking care of everything from construction to interior fir-out, including supplying all furniture and electrical goods.

“The layout of the village has also been altered so existing trees and shrubs could be kept in tact,” Wormald said.

In the meantime, WPG Resources will hire a temporary village from Ausco Modular while the permanent village is built.

Image: Bundaberg News Mail


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