Mineral Resources contract Indigenous-owned business for FIFO resort

(Image source: Mineral Resources) BriJarCass project manager Hayley Hayes with Mineral Resources chief executive, iron ore Chris Soccio.
(Image source: Mineral Resources) BriJarCass project manager Hayley Hayes with Mineral Resources chief executive, iron ore Chris Soccio.

Mineral Resources (MinRes) has contracted an Indigenous-owned business to provide its services for WA’s first fly in, fly out (FIFO) resort.

Under the four-year contract, BriJarCass Security 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.

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

The contract with MinRes will support the company’s growth with at least nine jobs to be created to boost the team.

BriJarCass project manager Hayley Hays says this is a great opportunity to grow the company.

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

The residences will feature resort-style accommodation, including Olympic-size swimming pools, fitness facilities and a la carte dining.

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

The pods were designed for singles or couples and aim to encourage a more diverse workforce at Australia’s newest iron ore project.

Mineral Resources general manager of communities and heritage Heath Nelson says the contract is an example of the company’s commitment to partnering with Indigenous businesses.

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