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26 August, 2021

Regional quarantine facility announced in Queensland

Queensland is set to have a dedicated regional quarantine facility. The Premier made the announcement this morning that a joint agreement had been reached between the government and landowners Wagner to locate the facility at Wellcamp, Toowoomba.

By Peter McCullagh

Queensland is set to have a dedicated regional quarantine facility. The Premier made the announcement this morning that a joint agreement had been reached between the government and landowners Wagner to locate the facility at Wellcamp, Toowoomba.

The premier admitted there was an urgent need for more fit-for-purpose quarantine facilities throughout Australia.

It was also announced overnight that Queensland would lock hotspot travellers out due to a shortage of COVID-19 hotel quarantine rooms.

“As Australia contends with the dangerous Delta variant, Queensland must have alternatives to hotel quarantine that offer enhanced public safety.

“We’re getting on with building the Queensland Regional Accommodation Centre, a 1000-bed, dedicated facility near Wellcamp airport that will greatly reduce reliance on hotel quarantine. 

Wagner Corporation will build the facility, with the accommodation modules to be manufactured in Queensland. The Queensland Government will operate the facility once it is up and running. 

Wagner Corporation expects the first stage of the facility to be delivered for use by the end of 2021. 

Minister for Health Yvette D’Ath said the new facility would help continue to keep Queenslanders safe.  

“With more than one facility in Queensland, we will be greatly reducing our reliance on hotel quarantine,” Minister D’Ath said.

That means a lower risk of COVID spreading from facilities that were never designed for secured quarantining.”  


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