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Indigenous-owned business contracted for FIFO resort

An Indigenous-owned business has secured a four-year contract at Mineral Resources’ accommodation villages across Western Australia – including the State’s first fly in, fly out resort.

BriJarCass Security Pty Ltd will initially provide utility services at the 500-room Ken’s Bore Resort in the Pilbara, which is being constructed as part of MinRes’ flagship Onslow Iron project.

Caption: BriJarCass Project Manager Hayley Hayes with MinRes Chief Executive, Iron Ore Chris Soccio

Onslow Iron, which is due to start shipping iron ore from mid-2024, will feature resort-style accommodation, including Olympic size swimming pools, fitness facilities and a la carte dining.

Apartment-like rooms, known as pods, will be three times the size of traditional FIFO accommodation and feature a queen size bed, laundry, ensuite and a balcony with barbecue.

The pods have been designed to be suitable for singles or couples, with the aim of encouraging a more diverse workforce at Australia’s newest iron ore project.

BriJarCass, which was established in Onslow in 2010, provides employment opportunities for Indigenous people, with a particular focus on Thalanyji and other local Indigenous people.

The contract with Perth-headquartered miner MinRes will support the company’s growth, with at least nine jobs to be created to bolster the 20-strong team.

BriJarCass Project Manager Hayley Hayes said it was a fantastic opportunity to grow the company by working on a major local project.

“We are looking forward to expanding and can’t wait for the future, which is looking really bright,” Ms Hayes said.

“We are currently recruiting for people to join our team to provide utility services at Ken’s Bore mine site and strongly encourage Indigenous people to apply.”

MinRes General Manager Communities and Heritage Heath Nelson said the contract was an example of MinRes’ committed to partnering with Indigenous business.

“MinRes is committed to supporting Indigenous companies and building long-term relationships with tangible outcomes,” Mr Nelson said.

To learn more about Onslow Iron, visit the project website.