Mining village begins in Blayney

Initial work has begun in Blayney, in central west New South Wales, on a temporary accommodation village for miners.

Blayney Shire approved Newcrest Mining’s application to build a village comprising 50 modular four bedroom houses last week.

The miner told the ABC it is looking to award a tender to a camp management company that would supervise the village and roadworks, landscaping and pipe laying.

The site will be located close to the town’s tourist park, and Cadia Valley Operations project manager Leigh Cox told the ABC the camp will be similar to those the company has built at other mines.

"We run mining villages in all our other mine sites, so Telfer in Western Australia, Crakow in Queensland and our mines in Papua New Guinea," he said.

He said the village would not require much groundwork to be established.

"The site is very amenable to this work so it’s really just a matter of laying out the roads and in particular putting through the services, water, sewerage and electrical."

The demountable homes will begin arriving onsite next week and Cox said the company aims to move workers in by July.

"We’re generally excited about the prospect, we’re certainly very pleased that the council found an expeditious way to get it approved, that was quite unexpected the extraordinary meeting so that really helped us in our timeframe so we’re certainly very appreciative of their support."

The mining industry has been increasingly interested in the central west lately, and last month Dubbo made a bid for a $20 million mining school in the city.

The Dubbo City Development Corporation (DCDC) has also called for support from the mining industry to introduce additional flights to cater to fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers.


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