Cadia workers' accommodation scheme will also boost tourism

TOURISM BOOST: Orange360 general manager Caddie Marshall.
TOURISM BOOST: Orange360 general manager Caddie Marshall.

Everyone from motel owners to people with a spare room stand to benefit in providing accommodation for up to 400 workers coming to the district for the Cadia mine expansion project.

Newcrest's Cadia Valley Operations announced it would partner with Orange360 to manage a centralised accommodation booking system to find housing for mine workers arriving in the district from next month.

Public forums will be held in Cabonne, Orange, Blayney, Bathurst and Cowra council areas in early December to explain to prospective accommodation providers how it would work.

Newcrest announced in October it had approved a $685 million expansion, with a $185 million second stage to follow, which would create hundreds of jobs and boost demand for accommodation and retail in the region.

A Cadia spokeswoman said they would not be setting up in-house accommodation for the workers, but instead would work with Orange360 to maximise the benefits for local business and landlords.

She said the extra workers would arrive from December with the peak demand to occur over the next two years.

The plan is also set to benefit tourism.

Orange360 general manager Caddie Marshall said it was hoped the centralised booking scheme would be successful.

"This project represents a huge opportunity for the accommodation sector to reap the obvious economic benefits of expansion this will bring to the region," she said.

"It should also be seen as a unique chance for the local tourism industry to reinvest in itself to standardise and raise the level of hospitality service being delivered across the region.

"Our ultimate aim for the industry accommodation booking program is to enhance the region's reputation as a destination of choice by encouraging visiting workforces to consider making a permanent move to the region or to continue returning to the region."

You can register to attend one of the accommodation forums by emailing kelly@orange360.com.au