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Is a move to a remote community for you?
People have been up-rooting and moving to strategically placed mining towns across Australia since the early 1900’s, when the mining gold rush first began. And as demand continues for what Australia’s rich ground can provide, the migration continues. The most notable mining ‘town’ is Kalgoorlie, affectionately known as the ‘heart of Western Australia’, and where the infamous ‘Super Pit’ is located, along with its’ 30,000 residents. And there are others; Kambalda, Leonora, Marvel Loch, Mount Isa, Mount Morgan, Broken Hill and Coober Pedy – to name a few.
There are two main reasons to move to a mining town. One reason is it’s a great way to secure a job – particularly entry-level. Mingling with the locals at a footy game or at the local bar means you’re perhaps never far away from someone, who knows someone, who can get you a foot in the door to a lucrative mining role.
Or the second reason is that you’re moving because you’ve already landed a residential mining job and are relocating to pursue your career. While FIFO is a hugely popular recruitment strategy for the mines, this is often due to a shortage of ‘local’ workers. Mining services companies such as Pit N Portal often look for potential candidates who are located closer to their mining operations as a first port of call to meet resourcing demands.
So, what can you expect when it comes to up-rooting and basing yourself and your family in a mining town, such as Kalgoorlie or Kambalda?
Life In Residential Mining Role
Family Life. Often cited as the main reason people struggle with FIFO work. With a residential mining role, working hours can be around 40-50 a week but with set daily routines, coming home to the family every day, to your own home, is a big plus to being located close to site.
Working Life. With the mine often being fairly close to town, the daily commute and the less disruptive work schedule means being able to spend more time with family and friends. And being in amongst the local action means that job prospects are better than if you were based further afield as mining companies tend to look local as a first port of call for resourcing.
Social Life. Living in a mining town means there’s a strong sense of community and strong friendships are quickly formed. Living close to site means that co-workers are always around, rather than with FIFO rosters, where people come and go. Being able to get together with other mining families to socialise and share the experience with is what creates such an inclusive and supportive community environment.
Town’ Life. Mining towns have a very family-centric set-up in terms of the facilities on offer. From great sporting facilities, parks for the kids, open air spaces for bike riding.To a range of entertainment venues from burger bars, café’s, live music bars to wine bars and a high street with familiar brands and local boutiques.
And, a real plus is that bush is right on your doorstep – perfect for exploring with the family on days off
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Living Costs. Remote locations mean the rules of supply and demand kick in. Rents can be higher, as can shopping bills and other commodities, due to factors such as the extra cost in getting goods to the location and the relative lack of competition. Of course, this may well be offset by the relatively higher salaries but it’s worth doing a little research to make sure such a move would be financially sound.
Location, Location, Location. The 'relatively' short commute and the fact you have your family, friends and home on your doorstep means living in a mining town is a big draw for many. However, the remote locations mean the bigger cities become more challenging to reach. Flights can be limited and expensive and drives can often be in excess of 4-5 hours, creating more of a logistical challenge.
Choices. The remote locations mean fewer shops and supermarkets to choose from, less price competition and limited choices available. The lack of evening night spots, take-away or restaurant options to choose from as well as other important services such as medical and schooling where facilities may be limited. And whilst medical services are available, any specialist treatments may require a more expensive trip
In closing, life in a mining town is a far cry from the stereotypical dusty, small towns that many imagine. Demand for residential miners is high For more information on a career in mining or the current job vacancies available at Pit N Portal, visit our mining jobs page