Wellcamp facility ‘waste of money’ as quarantine numbers plunge

The Wellcamp quarantine facility has been labelled a complete waste of money with revelations only 652 have been housed in the facility since it was opened in February.

Those numbers have been falling since restrictions on unvaccinated international arrivals were lifted in April with just 103 people staying there since then.

According to The Australian, just seven people are currently isolating at the Toowoomba camp.


The facility is currently built to house 500.

The cost of the project remains a deeply guarded secret with the state government consistently arguing it is ‘commercial in confidence.’

The government has confirmed almost $49 million was spent on construction but the full cost to taxpayers is believed to be around $200 million.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli says the money could have been better spent.

“The fact we’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a facility that’s barely been used is deeply troubling,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“But perhaps worse, is that this is an asset that will never be owned by Queensland taxpayers. It is quite frankly a waste of money.”

Mr Crisafulli says he’s worried about how the government plans to recover that money, with fears taxpayers will be stung.

“My concern is with the state budget only weeks away, the government is going to come after taxpayers at the worst possible time when they’re struggling with cost-of-living to try and recoup some of that poor investment.”

The government has a 12-month lease on the facility with an option for a further 12 months.