The Prime Minister is understood to be ‘very close’ to formally approving a proposal put forward by Victoria for the new village, which will be funded by both the state and Federal Governments.

The facility will be run by state authorities however and will be built on the provision that it adds to existing quarantine programs, rather than replacing them.

The facility will be modelled from the existing quarantine camp in Howard Springs and if approved, it is understood more flights would be diverted to Avalon, where 800 hectares of unoccupied paddocks currently sit.

The Federal Government is also believed to be open to funding to other purpose-built quarantine facilities in other states.

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