The future of the Queensland government supported Wellcamp facility has been questioned as only seven of the quarantine accommodation’s 1000 beds are in use.
The government has not revealed the cost of the building, citing commercial reasons.
But the leader of the opposition claims the building, supported by the state government and currently leased out for the purpose of the COVID-19 pandemic has cost Queensland $200 million.
“Wellcamp is W for waste,” state opposition leader David Crisafulli said.
“The figure of $200 million has never been disputed.
“We know that over $200 million has been spent to lease a facility that Queenslanders will never own that currently houses half a dozen people at a time the government is paying for hotel rooms and this place is now complete.”
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk defended the facility, which was implemented during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and designed to isolate interstate and international arrivals to the state.
“At the time the people of Queensland wanted the state government to step in and do something and that’s exactly what we did,” the premier said.
“There are a lot of opportunities for it to be used by a whole range of people.”
The opposition has questioned whether the Queensland government’s lease of the Wellcamp facility will be renewed next year.
There have been suggestions the facility can be used as a potential centre for domestic violence survivors or those displaced by natural disasters.
“We’ll look at all those issues when it comes to that,” Palaszczuk said.
The LNP has turned it’s attention to the government’s upcoming budget.
“Its been a complete waste of taxpayers money,” Jarrod Bleije said.
“I’m very concerned the only way this government will pay for budget blowouts and all the wastage would be taxes- increased taxes.”