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It was estimated 500 new houses would be required to accommodate enough smelter employees to operate a one-reduction line smelter, increasing to 700 at the two-reduction line stage.

Of the first 450 houses, the then-State Housing Commission agreed to construct one house for every two constructed by BSL.

It was also agreed that employees should be encouraged to live in the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands area. This was achieved by leasing the newly-constructed homes to employees with an option of purchase at a low interest rate.

Accommodation for the smelter construction workforce was provided through development of a caravan park and single men’s quarters. The company also helped construct a $500,000 sporting clubhouse, the Boyne Island Tannum Sands (BITS) Club. This served the recreational needs of the single men housed nearby, as well as the local community.

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When it first opened in 1982, BSL produced 210,000 tonnes of aluminium per year.

Since then, it has doubled in size, produces over 570 000 tonnes of aluminium per year and now directly employs 1050 people plus another 120 contractors.