Wavecrest Village was conceived as a solution to a critical shortage of affordable housing in the remote coastal community of Hopetoun, as a result of the construction of BHP's ill-fated Ravensthorpe Nickel Mine Development.
As key project personnel, engineering consultants on other specialists were required to be at the site, accommodation in Hopetoun and the nearby town of Ravensthorpe became critically short. The impact on rental accommodation cost was enormous, skewing rents to the point that they became unaffordable for average workers and other residents.
Brighthouse was engaged by local business identity Ricky Besso, to investigate options for the development of affordable housing to accomodate the mine project personnel and other key workers. To meet the insatiable demand for accommodation it was obvious to Brighthouse that relocatable housing would be the only practical option, with homes built off-site and transported to Hopetoun. Mr Besso acquired a rural site close to the town and the mine site and Brighthouse assisted with negotiations for BHP to anchor the accommodation project by pre-purchasing fifty, 2 and 3 bedroom homes of the one hundred Brighthouse planned for the site.
Brighthouse designed the 100 home Wavecrest Village, with modern amenities and landscape features for the enjoyment of residents and consulted to Mr Besso's R & L Constructions throughout the project development.
The park home village was completed in record time and immediately helped to relieve housing stress in the town by accommodating much of the influx of workers.
The village operated for rental housing until the Raventhorpe Nickel Project's untimely closure.
Wavecrest then morphed into a residential housing and tourist caravan park facility and remains in operation some 20 years after.
Wavecrest Village is a carefree lifestyle option that allows residents to enjoy superb resort style facilities in Hopetoun’s most exciting new neighbourhood.
By recognising the trend towards busy lifestyles and the demands this places upon individuals and families, Wavecrest Village has developed a sense of community that eases the pressures associated with working and living in a mining town environment by placing an emphasis on the simple things like safety, security and personal freedom.
Providing 2 and 3 bedroom executive home accommodation, short-term tourist rental accommodation and caravan and camping sites, this the new alternative to worker's camp or residential subdivision living.