The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) recently held a series of stakeholder briefing sessions on the future Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility. NGIA has been engaged in this process for some time and articulated its position in the original submission on the future of PEQ facilities which can be read here.
The future PEQ facility is proposed to be built on a 144ha site at Mickleham north of Melbourne and will consolidate the federal government’s current PEQ facilities into one location.
The intent is to replicate existing capabilities with some scope for future expansion if required. For the plant industry this primarily concerns the Eastern Creek (NSW) and Knoxfield (VIC) sites which will close by the end of 2015 and 2016, respectively. Facilities will include approximately 2000m2of glasshouses and 1000m2 of shade houses along with associated laboratories and administrative buildings.
It is anticipated that construction work at the site will commence in late 2013 with the facility operational for plants by October 2015 allowing for a period of proofing and transition before the closure of the Eastern Creek site.
The project is currently before the Public Works Commission who must approve it before work continues. Information on this and the submission by DAFF and the Department of Finance and Deregulation can be found here.
A copy of the presentation and video from the stakeholder briefings can be found on the DAFF website here.
If you require any further information, please contact Chris O’Connor, Policy & Technical Officer on 02 8861 5110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org