Australia: 101 Houses Built for Santos GLNG Workforce in Gladstone
Santos GLNG has put the finishing touches on its 101st house in Gladstone, built to accommodate some of its Central Queensland and Curtis Island workforce and ease the pressure on the local housing market.
Santos GLNG Vice President Downstream Rod Duke said the homes had been built for its workers and their families as part of the project’s commitment to minimising its impacts.
“Santos GLNG made a commitment to ease the strain that a shortage of accommodation would have placed on the local community and this month we have delivered on this promise,” Mr Duke said.
“We have gone over and above what was required of us by the Queensland Government. We have built 56 extra dwellings in addition to the 45 we were asked to s upply at the beginning of this Project.
“Around 90 of the 101 dwellings are occupied, mostly by families who have relocated to Gladstone so one or two parents can work for the Project.”
Mr Duke said Santos GLNG wanted to establish a long – term workforce in Gladstone that could contribute to the city.
“Half of our 2,000 – strong workforce on Curtis Island is made up of Gladstone locals and we will continue to provide local employment opportunities for the Gladstone region.
“Santos GLNG has recruited more than 100 people into permanent, ongoing roles to work on Curtis Island so far this year, and half of these jobs have been awarded to Gladstone locals.”
The brand new, four – bedroom and two – bathroom houses have been built across three estates off Kirkwood Road in the Forest Springs, Little Creek and Vantage estates.
In addition to building accommodation for its workforce, Santos GLNG has committed approximately $13.5 million towards housing strategies in the areas it operates, including supported accommodation programs and affordable community housing projects.
LNG World News Staff, July 5, 2013; Image: GLNG