Plans for a $400 million quarantine facility in Melbourne’s north Mickleham were unveiled by the federal government this week.
The complex will be developed on part of a 144 hectare Donnybrook Road site (marked as stage one in image, right), which the administration recently acquired from AMP Capital and Folkestone for about $40m.
The land had previously been earmarked for an industrial and business park.
To be developed by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Mickleham facility will hold imported animals – from cats and dogs to alpacas – as well as plants (story continues below).
The parcel 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.