Building for the boom

Whether living in Roxby Downs or the southern coastal town of Robe, South Australia’s approaching mining boom is going to surround you, according to Michael Colling from South Australian company Ausco Modular.

Whether living in Roxby Downs or the southern coastal town of Robe, South Australia’s approaching mining boom is going to surround you, according to Michael Colling from South Australian company Ausco Modular.

“With BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam expansion and the predicted two new mines per year for the next five to six years, South Australia needs to find well over 20,000 skilled workers to keep up with demand,” Colling told Australian Mining.

“What the everyday person doesn’t see, however, are the unseen benefits through increased employment and local infrastructure growth in many suburbs. You may not work in the mines, but chances are you will know someone who does or someone who is involved in a business that supplies the mining and resource sector. These businesses are located all over South Australia and the economic growth and benefits are starting to flow.”

Colling’s employer — a modular building supplier – is one local business bracing for the boom.

The company has completed several major accommodation projects for resource companies including Dyno Nobel’s Ammonium Nitrate Plant Construction, BHP Billiton’s Mt Whaleback Mine operation – Kurra Village, BHP Billiton Olympic Dam’s Camp 1 and Camp 3 villages and expansions and Anglo Coal’s Kotti Doon Dawson Expansion Project.

Current projects include Rio Tinto’s Expansion Projects – Brockman 4 Exploration Camp, Moly Mine’s Spinifex Ridge Project, St Barbara’s Leonora Village, Laing O’Rourke’s Darling Downs Gas Power Station, Ballarat Goldfields’ Adminstration offices, and Oxiana Prominent Hill’s Adminstration offices.

Ausco Modular’s South Australian office at Elizabeth in the Northern suburbs has already started to expand.

Their current 25,000sqm site houses their production factory, hire yard and office buildings, but not for long. In preparation for the approaching economic boom, the company has leased a purpose built 25,000 m2 site in nearby Edinburgh Parks to house their growing hire business which has over 1200 buildings.

At Ausco’s existing Elizabeth office recruitment has started for a contracts administrator, Sales Consultant and OHSE / QA Officer to name a few. This is before they start ramping up their factory output with options of second and third shifts on the cards.

“With increased production volume there will be additional truck drivers required to transport the buildings to site, construction workers to install the buildings and maintenance people to look after them,” Colling said.

“It doesn’t stop there, however, as the accounts department will need to grow as a result of increased employment – the list goes on, and on.”

Colling adds that the benefits from the boom are set to flow quickly from the industrial to domestic sectors.

“With a strong economy, low unemployment and a shortage of skilled workers, the financial benefits will flow well into the domestic sector from new car sales to residential housing developments to retail spending. It’s going to be a busy period for South Australia,” he said.

“South Australians will all see the effects of what people are speculating so be ready to embrace the approaching Mining and Resource boom and enjoy the ride. Ausco certainly will.”

Michael Colling

Sales Manager

Ausco Modular Pty Limited

08 8282 1117

michael.colling@ausco.com.au

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