Mining Camp Wish List

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A 50-seat cinema, world-class drinking tavern and a sporting mecca are at your disposal – anytime, any day – that’s only the beginning, and it’s an offer gas giant Inpex hopes new and old FIFOs cannot refuse. In an attempt to keep miners happy at work, the impending retreat style ‘villa’ will mimic all the elements of a holiday resort - sans the departure ticket.

Located on the outskirts of Darwin, the ‘leisure-fostered’ environment of ‘Howard Springs’ is nothing new, in fact it’s an incentive scheme taken on by many big brands before Inpex, including Google. Over at the Google HQ ping-pong tables, free food and sleeping pods abound, encouraging employees to sign on for longer.

Set to house 3,5000 miners, the newly erected Darwin village, complete with an artificial beach, gym facilities, Internet services and shops, is a small price to pay for emotionally rested workers.

As an industry that separates fathers, mothers, uncles, aunties, sons and daughters, from their loved ones, while its astonishing working hours leave little ‘personal’ time, it’s no surprise that depression and consequential drops-outs, about one in three every year, are on the rise.

In order to completely escape the job, even if you’re completing a two-week shift, ‘timeout’ facilities and ‘unwind’ options could be the saving grace in a time of alcohol abuse, with 64.7 per cent of miners consuming more than two drinks per day, and the consequential aggressive behaviour.

Marketed as a home away from home, the Inpex funded accommodation, hopes to create a safe and secure environment for its workers completing placements in the Blaydin Point processing plant. Despite all this, we cannot help but wonder whether Inpex is missing out on a few obvious call-to-actions, and so we’ve crafted our own dream-list. Feel free to add to it.

Dream FIFO Camp:

Micro Brewery:


An independent brewery specialising in local Australian beers would not only satisfy those malt and hops cravings but when combined with a pizza kitchen, the establishment would bring a little touch of urban delight to an otherwise rural atmosphere. Maybe you could brew your own beers and take them back home on fly out day or drink them when you come back. Sensational.

Golf Course:


For some a day on the green is just as relaxing as a session of cross-legged meditation. Golf enthusiasts looking to clear their minds while improving their handicap can spend the day on the verdant grounds; the best place for that perfect round. If the climate and environment doesn't permit a golf course, there's always the option of a golf simulator.

Barra Fishing Lake:


Soak up the sun and enjoy the picturesque and scenic panorama of the barramundi fishing lake, where the ‘catch of the day’ can reach up to 38lb in size. Dinner is served.

Adrenaline Junkies:


Blow off some after-work steam with a round of Go-Kart racing or if you’re looking for something a little more ‘hands-on’ a testosterone –fuelled paint-ball battle will have you ‘ducking’ and ‘shooting’ the day’s stresses away. Fire off a few rounds into the boss.

Sports Bar:


There's nothing worse than missing sport while you're away and there’s no better place to watch it than in a bar with your buddies. The local haunt would be fully equipped with a big screen, Foxtel, some classic highlight reels on DVD, pool table, large leather couches and beer on tap.


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