​Questions and Answers
Why does MRM have its own village?
​MRM actually has two villages – one at the mine site and another at Bing Bong. All employees and contractors stay in the village when they are working – even if they live in Borroloola or other Gulf communities. This minimises travel time and the risks associated with fatigue.
What types of rooms are provided?
​The village consists mostly of self-contained rooms with en-suites. Each room has a bed, desk and chair, small refrigerator, television and wardrobe while en-suites have a shower, toilet and small vanity unit. A small number of rooms are barrack style with shared ablution facilities.
Do people have to pay to stay in the rooms?
​No. Accommodation is provided free of charge to employees, contractors and official visitors.
I've heard the food is really good at MRM. Is this true?

​MRM is well known for its great food. Our professional chefs and kitchen staff make a big effort to ensure everyone eats healthy.

Breakfast includes cereals, toast, bacon, eggs and assorted sides such as baked beans, mushrooms and tomatoes. Everyone packs their own lunch from the salad bar and there are hot options available that can be reheated in the lunchrooms. Dinner is always a full cooked meal with plenty of options. We cater to a range of special dietary requirements including vegetarian and gluten free. Food labeling encourages people to make healthy choices about what they eat. Weekly menus are available on the MRM Community App. On special occasions, the kitchen prepares special food, such as Anzac Day, Australia Day, NAIDOC Week and Christmas in July.

Does wildlife ever get into the village?
​Wallabies are a familiar sight throughout the villages. People on site are reminded not the feed or approach them so they do not become aggressive. Snakes are also seen on site. Although many are not venomous, some can be dangerous. Employees and contractors are told to give snakes a wide berth and immediately report any sightings to one of our trained snake handlers so they can be removed. Although cattle can sometimes get on site, they are quickly removed through regular mustering.
How many people stay in the villages?
​Not all people are on site at the same time. At any one time, there are around 450 people living on site, although this can swell to as many as 600 during busy periods, such as maintenance shut downs. At Bing Bong, there are generally around 25 people staying in the village.
Who looks after the village?
​ESS is contracted to look after accommodation allocation, cleaning, operation of the wet mess and to prepare all our meals. Our own Maintenance Services Team (MST) looks after all the maintenance including electrical, plumbing, gardening and odd jobs. MST also looks after these services on the mine site. If your room required maintenance, you can fill in a maintenance form in the dining room or lodge a request via the MRM Community App.
Does it get noisy with so many people in one place?
​While we want people to enjoy their stay at work, it's important to remember that MRM is a 24/7 operation. People are working both day and night shifts and everyone wants to get enough sleep. Any noisy maintenance can only be carried out at certain times in the morning and afternoon when everyone is likely to be awake. The village is designed so that the mess and sporting areas are away from accommodation rooms and a Village Code of Conduct encourages responsible behaviour.
What facilities are available?

​The mine village has a swimming pool, gym, tennis and basketball courts, volleyball court, indoor cricket facilities, covered BBQ area, theatre room, a golf driving range, a clay target range and walking tracks. Our gym is available 24 hours a day with a full range of cardio and weight facilities. The wet mess includes a shop with essential supplies, televisions, a pool table and a darts board.

Healthy living is encouraged with a range of sporting events and health-focused activities.

Is there a bar?
​A wet mess, or bar, is open for limited hours and operates to a Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy. People tend to do the right thing – particularly when they know they have to blow zero when they start their next shift.