October 8, 2021
The first concrete was poured on Friday for the new quarantine centre being built near Wellcamp Airport.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles was on site for the pour and inspected the works so far completed.
“Since the Premier and I were here at Wellcamp in August to announce a joint agreement with Wagner Corporation, the transformation of the site has been impressive,” the Deputy Premier said.
“Construction is moving ahead swiftly and Wagner Corporation has confirmed we are on-track for the first stage of the quarantine facility to be delivered for use by the end of 2021.
“This will be the first purpose-built quarantine facility in Australia.
“It will enable us to safely bring home more Australians and to continue to open up and avoid expensive lockdowns.”
The centre will be known as the Queensland Regional Accommodation Centre.
The Wellcamp lease agreement commits the State to leasing 1000 beds from the Wagner Corporation – 500 by late December 2021 and the remaining 500 in the first quarter of 2022.
“The initial lease term is of 12 months (from April 1, 2022), with an option to extend this for at least another year,” Mr Miles said.
He said Queensland Health, the Queensland Police Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services had worked closely with the Wagner Corporation on the design of the centre.
“There is an emphasis on infection control and on the safety, wellbeing and security of residents, staff and the community,” the Deputy Premier said.
“Wagner Corporation is building the facility with the accommodation modules to be manufactured here in Toowoomba and transported to the site.
Wagners will also complete the fit-out of the accommodation buildings, the on-site kitchen and some support buildings.