Construction of the new ruminant compound at Mickleham is complete, with only a few final defect works underway. The compound consists of a large shed with a modifiable internal fencing system, as well as six large turnout paddocks with fixed shelters that will house imported ruminants.
The turnout paddocks, with the fixed shelters for housing imported ruminants shown in the background.
In addition, there are a series of other facilities located within the ruminant compound to support biosecurity functions, including a truck wash area, animal holding area and inspections office.
During the last few weeks, the Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) team have been busy completing the final walkthroughs to identify any building defects, and also progressing the signoff for this compound.
The northern side of the main shed within the ruminant compound.
The new ruminant compound was officially handed over to the department on 23 June 2017. The next scheduled activity for the compound is the operational commissioning phase, which involves making sure that it is fit for purpose before it starts accepting any imported animals.
During this phase, which has been scheduled to run from 12-24 July, approximately 30 locally sourced alpacas will be on site to run through operational processes and ensure that the compound is ready to start accepting imported stock.
The build and fitout of the avian compound is also progressing well, with this compound on track to be completed during July 2017. Following the completion of the construction phase, the 12 month long operational commissioning will commence, with the avian compound beginning to accept imported stock in 2019.
Once fully operational, the avian compound will have the highest level of biosecurity containment out of all of the compounds at the Mickleham PEQ facility.
The southern side of the main shed in the ruminant compound, showing the avian compound in the background.
The biocontainment rooms have started undergoing pressurisation tests, which have been progressing well. The PEQ team are currently engaging with industry representatives to gather feedback on the proposed cages that will house the live birds while they undergo their post entry quarantine period.
The new avian facility replaces the current PEQ facilities located at Torrens Island and Spotswood, and once completed will combine live bird and hatching egg capabilities within a single building envelope.
This envelope will contain a series of individual and completely separate containment areas, all with their own access points. The combined floor space of the three hatching egg areas will be more than three times that of the Torrens Island facility, and the live bird capacity will be doubled.