The community of Laverton in Western Australia is slated for a fly-in fly-out miners’ accommodation project.
Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls today said the state government was undertaking investigations to determine the suitability of the area for the project.
By encouraging integration of workers into the community Grylls expects the proposed village will increase support for local business, fuel community and local economic growth and ease current housing shortages in the area.
“This is about long-term viability, development and growth,” Grylls said.
“The Shire of Laverton commissioned a feasibility report for the village and identified two preferred sites within the town. The village would not only benefit local businesses but also provide a healthier lifestyle option for workers,” he said.
Laverton is located 360km north-east of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, its main industries are nickel and gold mining, tourism and pastoralism.
Earlier this month a $16 million riverside apartment complex catering exclusively to FIFO miners was proposed for Perth in order to ease pressures on city hotels.
However Rio Tinto cancelled its Pilbara accommodation expansion project just last week.
The miner originally awarded Diploma the $44 million contract for the FIFO accommodation project in Paraburdoo in July.
However Rio has now advised the contractor that the project will not proceed beyond the building licence documentation phase, terminating the entire project on 29 November.