Mt Gibson Iron's 'family donga' at Tallering Peak

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Talk about a home away from home! Here's Mt Gibson Iron’s new family donga at the Tallering Peak operation in Western Australia.

Laurie Fletcher from Tallering Peak says visitors can stay in the family room for one or two nights, with all meals provided by Mt Gibson Iron (MGM).

“Depending on the ages of the children, families are allowed to visit the mine site and see where Mum or Dad work and what they do,” Laurie says. “MGM has previously run family days for the families of staff members, but we found we could not accommodate everyone and if people missed out on the day they had to wait another year to come to site. With our family room, families can come to site and spend birthdays and other special occasions together as a family.”

The family room consists of four dongas converted into one large ‘room’, with a few different sections just like a conventional home.

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“In one section we have the ‘master bedroom’ with a double bed and an ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet,” Laurie says. “Off that is a kitchen and living room area with a dining table, lounges and TV. The kids’ ‘room’ has bunk beds and its own bathroom, and the social club has purchased a variety board and card games to keep the children entertained while on the site.”

There are currently 196 MGM employees and 76 contractors onsite at the Tallering Peak mine, with the company committed to providing an increasingly supportive environment for its miners and their families. 

A new fitness contractor has come on board to run an onsite health and wellness program, with classes and one-on-one training sessions helping staff members to drop a few kilos and increase their fitness. His Health Promotion Program includes bi-monthly topics on nutrition, heat & hydration, injury prevention, drug & alcohol awareness, heart health, men’s health and mental health.

Staff members are offered strategies to achieve a good work/life balance and ways to better cope with the FIFO lifestyle, and nights out are arranged in the nearby town of Mullewa for corporate bowls, squash, tennis and night swims at the pool. Quiz nights, FOXTEL main events, pool and dart competitions are organised in association with the miners’ social club.

Laurie says MGM also has an agreement with PrimeXL, allowing staff members to call their psychology helpline if they feel they need to speak to someone regarding a personal issue.