Friday 20 July 2012
New quarantine station
The Federal Government has revealed that its new quarantine facility will be built on 144 hectares at Mickleham, in outer northern Melbourne.
The government allocated $380 million to build the facility in the May Budget, with construction due to start next year.
It is expected to be up and running from 2015, when five stations currently leased by the Commonwealth begin to close.
Those stations, across four states, were sold by the Howard Government between 2001 and 2003 and then leased back.
Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig says consolidating the facilities will make the system more cost-effective.
He says the Melbourne facility will absorb all functions currently undertaken by the leased operations.
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