Pilbara housing crisis turns miners into boaties

As the pressure to find accommodation in the Pilbara increases, resource companies have resorted to housing workers on boats.

The West reported that there are currently three “boatels” moored in Onslow’s Beadon Creak accommodating employees.

The three 75m floating hotels house up to 124 people.

Shire of Ashburton president Kerry White said the three boats were currently not a big concern; however the council would be unable to stop dozens of housing boats potentially mooring in the creek long term as the waters are the responsibility of the Department of Transport.

"My concern is that one day, there will be dozens of boatels and no room left for locals to enjoy the creek," she said.

White has requested the department consult with the council and locals before allowing more boats to moor in the waterway.

"We're such a small population here that often we get overrun by what the big resource companies want."

A spokesperson from the Department of Transport said consultation with the local council does take place.

"As the harbour manager, the department controls the berthing and mooring of all vessels at Beadon Creek to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the harbour," he said.

"A consultation with the Shire of Ashburton occurs throughout the process."

Last month Australian Mining reported Rio cancelled its Pilbara Rocklea Palms accommodation expansion project.

The miner originally awarded Diploma the $44 million contract for the FIFO accommodation project in Paraburdoo in July.

However in November Rio advised the contractor that the project will not proceed beyond the building licence documentation phase.

Image: The West

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