Army Catering Corps veteran Steve is village manager at The MAC’s Narrabri village in NSW.
Army Catering Corps veteran Steve is village manager at The MAC’s Narrabri village in NSW.

One big happy family

AS the leading accommodation provider in the country, The MAC Services Group provides workforce accommodation across rural and remote regions of Australia.

Closely linked to the mining industry, The MAC offers a unique experience for people seeking something a little different from the hustle and bustle environment of the city. Employees experience life and work in rural and remote areas within a resort-style village environment where the people they work with become like family.

Marie Barter, Executive General Manager Operations said working towards a common goal helped build a close, friendly environment.

"New employees are always considered to be an exciting addition to our team. We 'buddy' them up with our existing employees to make sure that they are nurtured and shown The MAC Way of how we do things," she said.

The MAC provides staff with career development opportunities through an impressive training program and career path throughout all hospitality aspects of the business.

"We take the time to listen to our staff and always seek their input around continuous improvements. We encourage people to share their ideas and to constantly look for new and innovative ways that can help our business grow and develop." Marie said.

"We also have a keen eye on identifying talent within and helping these employees develop new skills and map out a career path for them."

Steve is the Village Manager at The MAC's Narrabri village in NSW. Prior to taking on his current role, he worked as a chef at The MAC's villages in the Bowen Basin, having left the Australian Army Catering Corps after more than 13 years of service.

Steve filled MyCareer in on life working for The MAC.

"I was really looking for a new career outside of the Army and The MAC seemed right for me.  The work roster on offer really suited my lifestyle with a young family at home and I work with a great team of like-minded people," Steve said.

"I started as a chef at The MAC Coppabella village which is in the Bowen Basin, approximately two hours west of Mackay. I then moved to another MAC village within the Bowen Basin located in the town of Middlemount before being promoted to Village Manager at The MAC's Narrabri village where I've been for the past year.

"My time in the Bowen Basin has been during a time of continual growth for the mining sector. I experienced first-hand the flow on effect from this growth, within The MAC's village at Middlemount. 

"The Middlemount village increased from 250 rooms to 780 rooms during that time. This was accompanied with a growth in village employees from 14 to 32," he said.

"I have been given the opportunity to progress into management with The MAC and further develop my skills in that area.

"This career path also allows me the flexibility of greater choices in the future, in the fields of hospitality or management.

"In my job you get to meet people from so many different back grounds and cultures and it has been a great learning experience developing the skills to motivate and develop the variety of individuals I have worked with," Steve said.

The MAC has over 7700 permanent rooms under management in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia and is continually adding to the workforce with employment opportunities within their management, administration, health and lifestyle, food and beverage, retail, housekeeping and facilities departments.

Learn more online: visit the MAC Services website

What facilities would you expect from a workers’ camp?

This poll ended on 31 October 2012.

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It should be five star or equivalent


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