A village-style quarantine hub in Victoria is close to being approved by the Federal Government, in a new bid to increase the amount of overseas travellers entering Australia.
The Prime Minister is understood to be ‘very close’ to formally approving a proposal put forward by Victoria for the new village, which will be funded by both the state and Federal Governments.
The facility will be run by state authorities however and will be built on the provision that it adds to existing quarantine programs, rather than replacing them.
The Age revealed yesterday that the favoured location for the new hub is is at Avalon Airport, approximately 56 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD.
The facility will be modelled from the existing quarantine camp in Howard Springs and if approved, it is understood more flights would be diverted to Avalon, where 800 hectares of unoccupied paddocks currently sit.
The Federal Government is also believed to be open to funding to other purpose-built quarantine facilities in other states.