Moree Accommodation Village

A temporary workers’ accommodation facility was constructed in early 2021 at the Moree Gateway for out-of-town workers delivering the Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 section of Inland Rail.

View into a typical room at the Moree Accommodation Village

The facility, which can house up to 300 workers, is helping to minimise the impact on local accommodation providers as construction draws more workers to town.

Trans4m Rail’s General Superintendent, Greg “Hoppy” Hopkins recently sang the Village’s praises.

‘Our drive-in-drive out (DIDO) and fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers make up a large portion of the Trans4m Rail workforce and work on a 14/7 roster. That’s 14 days at work and 7 days off for rest and recreation (R&R)’, Hoppy said.

‘We generally arrive in Moree on our seventh day of R&R and head home on our fourteenth day of work, and while we are here, we are allocated a room at the village’, he said.

Rooms have a king single bed, ensuite bathroom, air conditioner, television and fridge, ”everything you need”, according to Hoppy.

All food is provided in the Village kitchen, also known as the dining room. Hoppy said that while “I know I wouldn’t want to try and please 300 people with food”, there is always a variety to choose from.

Breakfast is available from 4am to 7am and workers can also grab lunch at this time. Dinner is available from 5.30pm to 8pm.

The Village also features a gym and a rec room which has a large screen TV, books, games, pool tables and dart boards.

By 9pm, Hoppy said the Village is pretty quiet with everyone starting to settle in for the night in readiness for being on site and ready to start work at 6.30am the following morning.

“You certainly do get to meet a lot of people by staying at the Village that you may not necessarily meet in your day-to-day work, but I must admit there is nothing better than your own bed!” remarked Hoppy before heading off to dinner with his new Village mates.

IMAGE View into a typical room at the Moree Accommodation Village