The Queensland Premier has announced a regional quarantine facility will be built in Toowoomba.
Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state government had reached a deal with businessman John Wagner to build the planned facility at Wellcamp Airport.
“We all know that our hotels were not built to deal with the Delta strain of this virus,” the Premier said.
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“Our hotels are not meant to be the last line of defence.
“So we need regional quarantine facilities. It is a no-brainer.”
Construction on the facility has already begun and it’s expected 500 beds will be available by the end of the year.
It will be increased to 100 beds by the first quarter of next year.
“This is going to be a great boost for our defence against the Delta virus in this country,” the Premier said.
“We are going to be dealing with Delta for some time and if we want to open Australia up, if we want to open our states up, regional quarantine facilities are the second part of the answer.
“The first part of the answer is vaccine.
“So, we need the vaccine rollout and we need to make sure that we have good quarantine regional facilities, away from our densely populated cities that can spread the virus rapidly.”
The Premier has not revealed how much the facility will cost.
There have been no local cases of COVID-19 recorded in Queensland in the last 24 hours. Two were detected in hotel quarantine.