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Melbourne quarantine hub could soon house hundreds of refugees fleeing Ukraine and Afghanistan

Melbourne’s forties have been built to house hundreds of refugees fleeing Afghanistan and Ukraine.
Victorian authorities are in discussions with its federal counterparts about alternative ways to use the $ 200 million National Resilience Center in Mickleham, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed on Thursday.
The center, built by the Commonwealth, opened as a 500-bed site in February to house non-vaccinated international travelers, before the state abandoned its quarantine requirement for seven days.

Since then, it has reduced its capacity to 250 beds from July 1, while offering accommodation for COVID-positive people who prefer not to isolate themselves at home.

Mr Andrews said he was informed of a plan on Wednesday to house some of the 500 or so refugees coming to Australia from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine.
“There is active work being done to see if Mickleham, in the course of partnering with the Commonwealth and other service providers, could be the perfect place to give these people the reintegration they need,” Mr Andrews said.

It is believed the center would only temporarily house refugees as more permanent accommodation is sought.

The Andrews government has been lobbying the Morrison government for several months to build the facility after repeating COVID-19 leaks from the hotel’s quarantine.
The Prime Minister stressed that the center will be useful now for future crises such as bushfires and floods because it no longer serves as a quarantine facility for international arrivals.
“This installation is in some respects a bit of an insurance policy,” Mr Andrews said.
“If we had this facility (earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic), we would use it. Next time we need it, we will use it.”

The Department of the Interior was contacted for comment.

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