Fleetwood is contemplating a future beyond providing accommodation for fly-in, fly-out resources workers which could include buying property for development.
Chairman Michael Hardy said Fleetwood was exploring options in providing longer-term affordable housing in regional locations along the lines of the build-operate contract it had with the State Government for the Osprey development in Port Hedland.
"The Osprey model, particularly in the North West here, is likely to be something which, if it's successful, will be replicated," Mr Hardy said.
"Building in regional and remote Australia is a difficult exercise, there's a lot demand in a lot of places," he said. "It's possible that there will be other opportunities."
Fleetwood is also building an accommodation village in Gladstone, Queensland.
Mr Hardy said as workforces moved from construction to operation, a need for more permanent housing of a higher quality would arise. Accommodation for aged people was another possibility.
"It's one of those things we've started to look at as the resources industry matures a little and as the recreational vehicle market tends to suffer a degree of flatness," he said. "A company of our size needs to start looking at what else it can do and where it could do it."
The board would consider whether it was appropriate to buy and develop land for such projects. That was the thinking behind the appointment last week of property investor John Bond as a non-executive director.Fleetwood shares closed yesterday down 9Â¢ at $8.81.
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