A $16 million riverside apartment complex catering exclusively to FIFO miners has been proposed for Perth.
The 241 room hotel would be a short-stay option for miners, with developers stating it would ease the pressure on city hotels.
The project is earmarked to be built in the Great Eastern Highway, Ascot, 2km from Perth’s domestic airport, The West Australian reported.
Developer Demol Investments said the hotel would house 375 workers in two blocks of six and ten storeys, with a lobby, lounge and outdoor terrace with views of the Swan River.
It is expected that rooms would be pre-booked by resource companies for their staff in what developers called, ‘a new concept for Perth.’
Planners Greg Rowe and Associates, commissioned by Demol, said the building would provide a landmark at the eastern gateway to the City of Belmont.
"The serviced apartments are initially intended to meet demand from the WA resources sector, with the accommodation utilised by FIFO employees travelling between home and remote work sites," documents submitted to the City of Belmont say.
The plans for FIFO-only accommodation could help address the shortage of hotel beds in Perth, where the occupancy rate reached 86.2 per cent in the March quarter.
The City of Belmont recommended the proposal be approved, and have referred the proposal to the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel because of the size of the project.
Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall welcomed the plan.
"Any short-term accommodation, that is not available for residential purposes, between the CBD and the airport would be extremely welcome," he said