Tender awarded for Kambalda Worker Accommodation Village

Published on Wednesday, 23 March 2022 at 12:00:00 PM

Council has awarded the supply and installation works to mining and construction business, Rangecon for the Kambalda Worker Accommodation Village project.

As part of the works, Rangecon will be responsible for the design, layout and supply of camp accommodation, site and building works including earthworks, freight, and ancillary camp works such as footpaths, landscaping and recreational areas.

This is the final phase of the project’s tender process, with construction scheduled to commence in April 2022.

The village will include a 200-room facility on Salmon Gum Road in Kambalda West as well as a dry mess, recreation room, meeting room and small gym. The new accommodation will provide rooms for employees working on local mine sites to meet the growing needs of the mining industry.

In progressing the Kambalda Worker Accommodation Village project, Shire CEO James Trail has met with and consulted local stakeholders including Kambalda District High School, Kambalda Police, local hoteliers and all mining companies currently operating in the Shire.

In awarding the contract Council has considered issues raised by the community through a community workshop, submissions and consultation with residents.

The cost for the installation and associated works for the Village is estimated at $8.4 million, and the Shire estimates a profit of $15.6 million to be achieved over a 7-year period. Funds raised from the project will be placed in a Reserve Fund or ESG Fund for future community events, activities, programmes and infrastructure.

The Shire is determined to ensure the Worker Accommodation Village project strengthens the Shire’s economic position and supports community initiatives and businesses. The proposed location of the village is close to the shops, hotel and pool which the Shire anticipates will create a critical mass of people to support local businesses.

“The Shire’s investment in the worker accommodation village will add another income-generating asset to the Shire’s portfolio, which will be reinvested back into the community,” said Shire President, Malcolm Cullen.

“75% of people employed in the Shire of Coolgardie work for mining companies or associated contractors, so it is important that we support this industry in order to support our local economy and community members,” said Cr Cullen.

The village is proposed to be leased so that if a mining downturn occurs the village can be removed with power, water and sewerage infrastructure remaining in place for future potential development. Operation of the village is yet to be tendered but the Shire intends for employment of local people to work at the village.

For more information on the Kambalda Workers Accommodation Village project, visit the dedicated project page on our website

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