Pindan has signed a contract with Otan Property Funds Management
and Rio Tinto
to build 100 homes in Karratha.
The homes at Otan’s Jingarri Nickol development will be used by Rio Tinto to support a residential work base in the region, which is suffering a severe accommodation shortage.
Rio Tinto Chief Executive of Iron Ore and Australia Sam Walsh said the contract was an investment in the company’s workers and supported the WA Government’s Pilbara Cities vision to develop Karratha into a large regional city.
“Our Pilbara expansion, is the largest integrated mining project ever undertaken in Australia,” he said.
“It is not only about our operational mining plans, but about ensuring the communities that support our operations are strong, vibrant and sustainable.
“This agreement is an investment in our most important resource – people.”
Pindan Business Development Director Scott Davison
said Pindan’s development management service was integral to securing the contract in which Pindan managed the design and development process for Rio Tinto, from the feasibility to building approvals stage.
“Our in-house design team has drafted sustainable and functional housing solutions for families in what is one of the busiest regional construction areas in the State, if not the country,” Scott says.
“These resource sector families work in the industries effectively building our great State and we are privileged to provide quality, purpose-designed accommodation for them.”
General Manager of the State Government’s Pilbara Cities
project Chris Adams said the contract had fast-tracked the Jingarri Nickol development, which would support growth of the Karratha community.
Construction of the sub-division and the new housing will be undertaken by Pindan’s Contracting division and is due to start in the middle of this year.