Stage 2 construction works at the Post Entry Quarantine facility in Mickleham have been progressing at a rapid pace over the last few months, with the completion of the cat compound and continuing work on the dog, ruminant and avian compounds.
In December 2016, the Stage 2 Build expansion work for the cat compound was completed, and this compound has now been handed over to the department. As a result of this expansion work, the total capacity of this compound has now been increased to 240 cats.
The 12 month operational commissioning phase for the cat compound has now started, and it will go live and start accepting imported cats during 2018.
The cat compound will now house 240 cats.
The Stage 2 Build expansion work for the dog compound has also continued, with the outer wall of this compound being erected, and the individual dog clusters and pens contained within being progressed significantly.
Once this construction work has been completed, the capacity of this compound will be doubled, with a total of 400 dogs being housed there. The Stage 2 Build expansion work for the dog compound is expected to be completed during March of this year, with the operational commissioning phase for this compound also commencing at this time.
The outer wall of the dog compound goes up.
Construction of the ruminant compound has commenced, with a projected date for completion in May of this year. Clearing of the land has begun, and the building foundations and plumbing are currently being laid. Further construction of the turnout yards, waste store area, bulk food store and the administrative site office will also continue throughout the rest of February and March.
Clearing of land for the ruminant compound begins.
Construction of the external and internal walls (building envelope) and roof of the avian compound continues, with a projected completion date of July 2017. When completed, this compound will replace the current avian PEQ facilities located at Torrens Island and Spotswood, combining the live bird and hatching egg areas within a single building envelope. The capacity of the live bird area will be increased substantially, with up to 300 pigeons being housed there. In addition to this, the hatching eggs area will have three times the capacity of the current avian PEQ facilities.
Construction of the avian compound external walls and roof continues.