After 18 months since the beginning of the Pandemic, finally there is a purpose-built quarantine hub. Earthworks have begun at an empty paddock in Melbourne’s north, Mickleham, which sits next to the federal government’s pet quarantine facility.
The centre is being built on Commonwealth land and construction costs will be funded by the federal government, with the Victorian government to run the facility. The site was chosen by the federal government after it was presented by the state government with two preferred options: Mickleham and Avalon Airport.
The centre has a full capacity of 3000 beds, but will be operational as soon as 500 are ready later this year.