Luxurious new FIFO accommodation aims to attract women to mining jobs
A West Australian mining company is reinventing fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) working by building two new luxury accommodation precincts to attract female workers and "prioritise health and wellbeing".
Mineral Resources, also known as MinRes, is creating the hotel-style homes in the outback which it says are triple the size of the rooms staff usually have.
A total of 750 resort-style rooms will be built at its Onslow Iron project in the Pilbara, with each spanning 45 square metres.
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Usually, mining workers stay in temporary accommodation units called dongas.
But the new apartment-like rooms will have a queen size bed, separate ensuite, laundry with washer and dryer, kitchenette, lounge, big screen TV with video call function and a balcony.
Barbecues, an Olympic-size swimming pool, fitness centre, café serving barista-made coffee and a recreation building with cinema, golf simulators and pool tables, as well as sports courts, are also being built.
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Couples are also being targeted to take on a FIFO job and families will be encouraged to relocate to ten new four-bed homes in Onslow, which is 14 hours' drive north of Perth.
MinRes Chief People and Shared Services Officer Bronwyn Grieve said the company wants to attract more workers.
"Our people are the foundation of MinRes' success and that's why we'll give them the best FIFO village experience in the sector," Grieve said.
"As the race to attract and retain the best talent intensifies, we know our focus on workplace wellness will help set us apart."
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