‘Keeping Australians safe’.
The state that holds the record for the longest days spent under lockdown of any place on earth is now in the quarantine camp game!
Victorian authorities have announced today that the new $580 million quarantine facility, the Mickleham ‘Centre For National Resilience’, will start taking unvaccinated travellers and “some COVID-positive members of the community” from Monday.
The Andrews government say the facility currently has capacity to host 500 people and, from April, would be able to accommodate up to 1000 people at any one time.
Over the coming weeks, Mickleham will become Victoria’s sole quarantine facility, with quarantine hotels across the state to cease operation as isolation facilities by the end of March.
The camp consists of “cabin-style accommodation”, with entry and exit points via outdoor decks. The government-funded quarantine project has been in the works for nine months.
Just look at how fun it looks!
Victorian authorities seem quite pleased with the design, and so should you!
The site is on over 50 hectares of previously unused ground at the existing Donnybrook Road animal quarantine facility in Mickleham, owned by the Department of Agriculture, 29km north of the CBD.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said she expected up to about 10 people to come into the facility on Monday.
The cost of staying at the facility will be $1500 for an adult, $500 for an additional adult and $250 for children aged between three and 18.
Neville said Victorians would look back on the facility as a great investment, and “one of the best decisions we’ve made”.
“It would have been great in 2020, but here we are now, and it will be great for current use but also for future uses.”
For future uses?
You draw your own conclusions on this one and read between the lines.
Yet another quarantine ‘facility’ to open up right as things are supposedly ‘returning to normal’.
The Mickleham camp joins Queensland’s ‘Wellcamp’ as new additions for 2022!
The Palaszczuk government’s $400 million quarantine facility outside Toowoomba welcomed its first guests in early February, with local bus companies transporting arrivals through the front gates.
The 500-bed facility is set to quarantine unvaccinated travellers, international students, seasonal workers and mariners, with another 500 beds expected to be ready by early April.
Speaking from the Wellcamp, Palaszczuk said the state-of-the-art facility would have a “whole range of uses”.
“We talked about this in August, construction started in October and today, it is operational.”
Critics have questioned the taxpayer value of the multi-million dollar, commercial-in-confidence and privately owned village now that the state was leaving behind previously strict quarantine requirements.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath danced around queries about the value of Wellcamp facility, now officially called the Queensland Regional Accommodation Centre (QRAC), while Deputy Premier Steven Miles was on leave.
He has previously said the camp will be an “incredibly valuable” asset for Queensland, because no one could predict the twists and turns of the pandemic or what variant might emerge next.
Right in front of your eyes.
Think about this: Why are unvaccinated included on this list?
Even if an unvaccinated international arrival entered quarantine at Wellcamp, they would be shut out of most shops and buildings, including hospitality venues and many agribusiness settings, once they were allowed into the community, effectively spoiling the point of them arriving in the first place.
Does this make sense to you?
Some have said the list of guests outside of unvaccinated patrons might all be a front, and the only guests – the unvaccinted – might be in for a different experience then promoted.
But hey, that’s just a ‘conspiracy theory’.
Like quarantine camps themselves were in 2020, right?
MORE ON THE WAY
Regardless of the purpose, camps have well and truly arrived in Australia, with most multi-million dollar construction projects completed in just six months time.
Imagine if this efficiency was also transferred to public services?
We are still anticipating the arrival of future camps set for completion, including one at Queensland’s Damascus Barracks and Western Australia’s Bullsbrook Training Area.
We have also seen Darwin’s Howard Springs Quarantine Facility receive much international attention, which continues to take ‘guests’ each and every day.
To find out more about Australia’s quarantine camp locations and the backgrounds behind each, check out our popular feature piece by Dr. T.J. Coles from early-December 2021 below:
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