Originally designed to house 1,000 people during their two-week isolation period, the Queenslands Center for National Resilience, as it was officially invented, can now be built to 500.
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said the quarantine facility would evolve to suit Queenslander’s needs.
“While quarantine requirements continue to evolve as vaccination rates rise and states gradually open their borders, this center will be there to support any ongoing quarantine requirements throughout the pandemic,” Birmingham said.
“This center will also be there in the long run for the Queenslanders, increasing our medium- and long-term ability to respond to future pandemics or natural disasters.”
The construction company Multiplex has predicted that the plant will be completed in April next year, as the construction work increases.
“We are moving forward with delivering this quarantine and resilience center to Queensland,” Mr. Birmingham.
The building will be built on defense land in Pinkemba, 5 km from Brisbane Airport.
The first glimpses show what the proposed facility might look like.
The new Queensland Center for National Resilience will complement another quarantine facility supported by the state government.
The new facility, which is being built near Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport, is expected to receive international students arriving in Queensland from next year.
Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles this morning defended the need for two quarantine facilities.
“We will be able to access this much faster, our Wellcamp facility will be online faster and will be available to returning travelers, international students and agricultural workers. It will be a useful facility for the whole region,” said Mr. Miles.
“You will remember the story of all this. We spent almost a year calling for one of these facilities.
“The federal government is not able to provide any beds until the second quarter of next year.”
But the state government’s modeling predicts that Queensland will reach 90 percent vaccination in January, prompting many to question the need for both facilities.
The quarantine center in Pinkenba will include accommodation buildings, a treatment center for new arrivals, police station, workshop, kitchen, waste disposal facility and laundry and is in the immediate vicinity of hospitals and Brisbane Airport.