Tribute Group’s Whaleback Village in Newman will house BHP Fifo workers. Photo: supplied.

BHP closure creates Newman opportunity

Pilbara accommodation businesses run by one-time trucking boss Craig Mitchell and the Collinson family are set to be the winners from BHP Billiton’s surprise decision to close Kurra Village in Newman, which at its peak houses up to 1,600 fly-in, fly-out  workers


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Long term this decision is the WORST for the town of Newman. First off Kurra Village is IN the town of Newman so expanding the village wont be bringing people away it will be bringing people in. Second, this deal with tribute will only be short term. BHP will not pay for expensive accomodation longer than they have too. They will eventually expand Warrawandu camp which is 30 ks out of town and move everyone there. Effectively removing EVERYONE who previously housed at Kurra. This decision is detrimentalvto the town and only has tribute groups short term interests in mind. And whats this rumour I hear about Redmand being involved with tribute financially. I really hope this is only just a rumour

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