THORNY ISSUE: Rosewood Camp.
THORNY ISSUE: Rosewood Camp. Meghan Kidd

Rosewood camp revamp on cards

THE Rosewood Camp has been a thorn in the side of many Blackwater residents since 2005.

But with a development application lodged with Economic Development Queensland, there is hope the New Rosewood Village will leave its donga days behind.

"It's still going through the assessment process at the moment," a spokesperson from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning said.

A deadline for the decision for the application lodged by Qantac for a contemporary worker accommodation village on the 7.33ha parcel off Rosewood St, adjacent to the current site, could not be given.

The application seeks an extra 290 beds, taking it to an 809-person camp, including double-storey buildings, dining and recreation spaces, landscaped perimeters, courtyards and 526 on-site parking spaces.

The existing Rosewood Camp would be shut down and removed.

A nearby resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they had been told it would look nothing like it does now.

Unlike the existing camp, the village "would be within a strongly landscaped setting", the application reads.

"A strong screen to the northern neighbours, including retention of existing trees where possible, is planned."

The camp had received six and 12-month permit-to-occupy approvals.


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