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Federal Government Unveils $400 Million Quarantine Facility, Mickleham, Melbourne

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Written by Marc Pallisco   
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:40

THE federal government this week unveiled plans for a $400 million quarantine facility in Melbourne’s north.

The project for a site in Donnybrook Road was foreshadowed by The Age in May after the Gillard government paid the joint venture owners, developers AMP Capital and Folkestone, about $40 million for the 144 hectare parcel - marked as Stage 1 in the image, right.

The land had previously been earmarked for an industrial and business park.

To be developed by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Mickleham facility will hold imported animals – from cats and dogs to alpacas – as well as plants.

The Mickleham site was chosen out of 25 possible locations nationally. About 17 kilometres north of Melbourne Airport and 34 kilometres from the CBD, the centre is due to open in 2018.