Media Release: First Look at Future Camp Banksia

18th November 2020
Preliminary designs of the $5.3 million Camp Banksia redevelopment.


Latrobe Council has released the preliminary designs of the $5.3m Camp Banksia redevelopment.

Featuring modern accessible cabins, recreational spaces, playgrounds and BBQ facilities, the redevelopment attempts to create a camp experience that will be attractive to current and new user groups, while increasing opportunities for the local community to utilise the site.

Designed by architectural consultant Design Intent, the development seeks to balance the needs at the site of providing camp infrastructure for up to 150 people, while providing new recreational and play opportunities for the local community and visitors.

Mayor Freshney said “Camp Banksia has been part of the Port Sorell community for over thirty years, and during that time many Tasmanian schools, sporting clubs and community groups have stayed at the facility. Because of the age of the infrastructure, Latrobe Council has committed to redeveloping the camp to provide facilities that are more in line with visitor expectations, and at the same time provide new recreational infrastructure that the Port Sorell community can benefit from”.

The redevelopment is expected to commence on site during mid-2021 and will see the existing cabin clusters removed and replaced with fully enclosed cabins, each with 26 beds, amenities, and kitchenette, and all accessible by wheelchair.

Two new playgrounds will be constructed, one incorporating traditional playground equipment that is accessible to all, and another featuring nature-based equipment constructed from timber creating unique play elements and challenges. The existing oval will be resurfaced to provide a level surface for sport and recreation or possible outdoor events.

Another major component of the redevelopment is the upgrade of the Banksia Centre performing arts centre. The space will be expanded to provide backstage and changeroom areas, retractable tiered seating for 200 people, and high-quality audio-visual equipment capable of supporting major performances and events. The existing foyer in the centre will be enlarged to create an exhibition space to showcase local history and art.

Mayor Freshney said “Port Sorell has gone through a significant period of growth in recent times, and by providing infrastructure that fosters cultural experience we can continue to build a strong and connected community”.

The Camp Banksia Redevelopment has been made possible by funding from the Australian Government and Latrobe Council.


For further comment, contact Mayor Peter Freshney on 0417 287 006

Images to be credited to Design Intent

Banksia Centre