A vigorous game of squash is quickly becoming the sport of choice at mine camps thanks to a brainchild of Glynn Bunting.
Mr Bunting these days spends a lot of his time in the Pilbara installing his flat-pack squash courts at mine sites.
The former cabinetmaker first teamed up with WA engineer Andrew Van der Meer in 2004 to design the courts, which can be assembled at a remote location in about six weeks.
The first courts weren't built until five years later in Perth's northern suburbs. After then, building the structures quickly became core business for the Bunting Group.
The small family company has been installing and renovating squash courts in remote and metropolitan venues around Australia and at a mine site in Africa.
Mr Bunting said at some accommodation camps there was a waiting list of two to three weeks to use the courts, which were open 24 hours a day.
"They don't have a lot of enclosed sports beside the gymnasium," he said. Mining companies were keen to keep their workforces healthy.
The company has orders to fill until next Christmas. That includes another trip to Ghana to erect another court for West African contractor Geodrill.
Instead of concrete, the courts are built with a steel base but, like conventional models, have a sprung timber floor. They have reverse-cycle air-conditioning and are designed to withstand cyclones.
The interior court walls can be moved to allow for other uses.
The courts can be taken down and moved to a new site when no longer required. The materials are sourced mostly from Perth-based manufacturers.
It's no coincidence that squash has become the Bunting family's business. Mr Bunting's wife Carolyn, daughter Emily and son Luke are all former under-age champions in the sport.
The children now work in the business while the remainder of its workforce has been recruited from the same suburban Iluka street the Buntings live in.
Not that Mr Bunting gets to spend much time there. Most of the past year, he has been in Tom Price or Newman.The squash courts may also prove a launching pad for other contracts. As well as developing modular badminton and volley-ball courts, the company has been asked to quote on non-process infrastructure such as locomotive sheds.
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