More than 300 people turned out for The MAC Village Community Open Day on Saturday, when the $45 million workers’ camp was officially opened.
The MAC’s Managing Director Peter McCann did the honours with other dignitaries, saying the facility was a major milestone for the company and the community.
“It’s exciting for us to be part of this new chapter in the history of Boggabri and we’re pleased to be sharing this day with the community,” Mr McCann said.
Residents from Boggabri, Gunnedah and Werris Creek attended the opening, with the camp set to cater for the mining industry as it continues to ramp up.
The 508-room MAC Boggabri accommodation village is the largest development in Boggabri, has taken eight months to complete and has attracted community interest.
The MAC began operating in North Western NSW in 2011 with the opening of The MAC Narrabri village.
Since then the company said a key focus has been building ongoing relationships with the community, seeking to work collaboratively with Narrabri Shire Council, local State MPs, neighbours and local suppliers and businesses.
Mr McCann said it has been important for the company to work with the community in building growth in the region.
“This year alone, from January to September, we have spent over $6.2 million with businesses and suppliers across the region.
“During the construction phase for the Boggabri village we used over 65 local regional suppliers and businesses, 10 of which are located here in Boggabri.
“Through a dedicated local recruitment drive we have employed over half our staff from Boggabri and local towns and we hope to further increase the number of local employees.
“As our village expands there will be further employment opportunities available in a range of hospitality roles.
“We expect early next year will see an influx of activity, and benefits, for Boggabri.”
The MAC has formed partnerships with several Boggabri groups, including the Boggabri Business Promotions Group, the award-winning Boggabri Drover’s Campfire event run by the Lions Club, the Boggabri Men’s Shed and Boggabri Home and Community Care, as well as the local schools through The MAC School Mates funding program.
The first stage of The MAC Boggabri includes 508 ensuited rooms, central dining room and commercial kitchen facilities, gym, small pool, extensive landscaping and bus and car parking.
It also includes upgrades to Caloola Road and the Kamilaroi Highway, water supply to the site and an upgrade to the Boggabri sewage treatment plant.