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Targinie workers' village could be ready by middle of 2013

TWO weeks ago, few people knew of the workers' village planned for Targinie, but the facility could be up and running by the middle of next year.

Building a 405-room village in little more than half a year sounds ambitious, but Compass Group executive director for human resources George Mifsud said construction would begin in the new year and the facility would be ready to house workers by the third quarter of 2013.

The project won a development approval at council last week.

Mr Mifsud said the approval was an exciting step.

"We believe this workers' village can play a role in easing of the pressure on the rental market in Gladstone," he said.

The company is also keen to become part of the industrial boom in the region, which is screaming out for workers' accommodation.

Mr Mifsud said he could not discuss which major project might house its workers at the village, but he confirmed there had been discussions with potential tenants which had been "very positive".

The village, on Forest Rd, should secure tenants without too much difficulty, given the pressure on Gladstone's housing market and the number of major projects expected to start up.

Some councillors suggested last week that Boulder Steel, which aims to build a $4billion steel plant nearby, would be a likely tenant, although neither side has discussed that possibility.

Mr Mifsud said Compass Group would operate the village, including catering and security.

The group has more than 40 workers' villages in Queensland and is a major player in the sector in Australia and overseas.



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