The words ‘gold rush’ bring to mind faded snapshots from the end of the 19th century. During that period of time, dusty tent cities that sprang up near gold strikes soon transformed into boomtowns.
These gold rush towns were eventually complete; the shops, saloons, hotels, and churches turned the arid outback into a glittering land of opportunity. Eventually, the golden veins ran dry, and the boom became a bust for those who risked everything for the chance to strike it rich.
Now in the 21st century, Western Australia is looking at another gold rush. The landscape has not changed much, and some of the old gold rush towns still exist to greater and lesser degrees.
Recent discoveries of gold have helped to keep the uncertainties of Covid-19 at bay. Initially, there were fears for the mineral industry in the face of the pandemic. However, the hard border in Western Australia did not hinder determined mining executives spent a record $209 million exploring for gold in the June quarter of 2020.
What Impact Will the New Gold Rush Have on Mining Towns in Western Australia?
Just as the first gold rush brought all manner of needs to what began as tent cities, the gold rush of the 21st century will require extensive support from numerous sectors. Aside from the need for skilled labour and the necessities required on a day to day basis, there is an extreme need for quality mining camps.
A Look at Modern Mining Camps
While many people accurately envision the mining camps of days gone by, fewer people have a clear picture of an up to date mining facility. It makes sense that a place that is comfortable and adequately equipped will help workers’ morale high.
At Fox Transportables, our team has decades of experience catering to the needs of the mining industry. We understand what makes one mining facility superior to another as well as what is necessary to keep employees safe and happy.
- Climate controlled buildings – These are crucial in the extreme heat both for comfort and safety. No one wants to lose time because of heat-related illness.
- Roomy sleeping quarters – Mining crews do not need housing like military recruits in large Quonset huts. Transportable accommodations are customisable. The experienced design team at Fox Transportables are able to help you create quarters that miners will appreciate. The most frequently requested size for transportable housing is a medium-size building divided to give miners space and some privacy.
- An up-to-date medical hut – a crucial piece in the layout of a mining camp.
- Modern kitchen and laundry areas, as well as a comfortable area for recreation, are necessities.
- Office spaces for the mining company also fall into the category of must-have buildings.
- Easy to maintain showers and washroom facilities are crucial as are portable bathrooms.
If you need accommodations for a new mining camp or if you are interested in improving an existing camp, be sure to contact Fox Transportables. Our expert team can help you create a space where your crew will be comfortable regardless of the conditions.