KEPCO Bylong Australia has announced it won’t proceed with a Workforce Accommodation Facility (WAF) adjacent to their planned mine site.
Chief Operating Officer Bill Vatovec said the decision was made following an analysis of accommodation supplies in the local area and discussions with providers and Mid-Western Regional Council.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that the local area provides a sufficient amount of suitable accommodation to cater to the workforce for the construction phase of the project,” he said.
“While the finalisation of exact locations and timing requirements will depend on when final development consent is received from the NSW Government, KEPCO is committed to sharing the economic benefits of the Project across the region.”
Mr Vatovec said they’re also looking at housing some of its workers at existing properties acquired by the company, as well as private accommodation options.
“KEPCO is strongly encouraged by the discussions it has had with Council and with the local hospitality and tourism industries, and will continue this collaborative approach over the coming months. KEPCO is committed to encouraging its operations workforce and their families to relocate permanently to the local area, principally within the communities of Bylong, Mudgee, Rylstone and Kandos. [We] listened closely to the community, local business owners and the Mid-Western Regional Council in coming to this decision.”
Mr Vatovec said they’re grateful for the input and support the project has received. And that they’ll provide a further $9 million through the Voluntary Planning Agreement with Council to fund local infrastructure and services – if the project is approved.