Once the home of netball in Port Augusta, the Brandon Collins Memorial park will soon be occupied by a vastly different tenant.
11 brand new cabins have popped up on the once bustling netball courts, awaiting the arrival of 21 more.
The $6 million accommodation is targeted at the imminent influx of transit workers headed for Port Augusta once the region’s numerous renewable projects get underway.
With 13 projects currently in the pipelines, Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson said the development is a sign of positive things to come.
“Every time we meet with the developers of various projects, whether its mining or energy related, the common question is in terms of accommodation and where do we put these people,” Mr Johnson said.
“So it’s a great problem to have, but it’s also a problem we need to address.”
With more accommodation providers planning to invest in the region in the coming year, Mr Johnson said the Port Augusta City Council is confident the demand will benefit local providers first.
“We need to make sure that we service what we’ve got and that we don’t sell out anybody who provides those services,” he said.
“It’s only fair that people who have already invested in Port Augusta and who have been here for many years and made that investment get first bite of the cherry.
“They’ve endured the good and the bad, the bad being in the last few years. It will be nice to see some of those reap some of the rewards and be able to capitalise on these opportunities as well.”
The Old Netball Court land on Railway Parade went on the market in 2016, receiving limited offers.
Council sold the allotment for approximately $400,000 in early 2017 to Harvest Stay, a company known for sourcing and managing accommodation for companies with projects in regional South Australia.
Minus outstanding amounts owing in relater fees and conveyancing and fencing costs, a rough total of $361,300 has been collected in profit.
This entire site will attract rates of around $21,842 per year based on the current site value of $550,000.