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MAC Services Group to Establish New NSW Village

The MAC Services Group Limited (MSL) has completed the purchase of a 33 hectare site at Narrabri in New South Wales for an accommodation village to service the area’s coal mining industry. The MAC has also signed an accommodation services contract with Narrabri Coal Operations, the operating company for the Narrabri Coal Joint Venture between Whitehaven Coal Limited (70%) and its joint venture partners. The contract for 150 reserved rooms is for an initial term of 4 years on a take or pay basis. The contract is subject to all necessary approvals from Narrabri Shire Council and other authorities. The MAC will submit a detailed development application to Council later this month. The village will be operational by early 2011, pending approvals. Narrabri is a large underground thermal coal project, with the introduction of longwall mining planned in late 2011. The mine has a planned full capacity of around 6 mtpa. Marketable reserves will allow mining at this rate for at least 30 years. There are significant opportunities to expand this new village to service miners and contractors operating in the area. The Narrabri Village also establishes a base for The MAC’s expansion plans in New South Wales. The MAC’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Maloney, said: “Our village site is 1.2 kilometres from the centre of town and will be developed in stages to meet the local accommodation demands as more mines are developed in the area. We plan to work with Council and the miners to tailor our plans to meet the needs of both the mine workforce and the local community.” The MAC is also progressing plans for its Muswellbrook Village in the Hunter Valley. Mr Maloney said: “In addition to seeking additional contracts for the new Narrabri Village we are actively pursuing customers for the planned village at Muswellbrook, allowing us to continue to drive our strategy of geographic diversification.”