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“I’m not saying that’s it [for] – these are the different options we are looking at right now.
The government previously refrained from stating the cost of the facility, citing confidential business information, except to say that the Wagner Corporation would lease it to the state for 12 months, with the option to extend for another 12 months if necessary.
“The lease agreement represents good value compared to the very significant cost we have incurred to lease entire hotels for the better part of the past two years,” Mr Miles said on Sunday.
“There may only be around 1,600 people currently in quarantine in hotels. That’s far less than what we’ve had throughout the two-year period.
“But there are many, many Queenslanders now in quarantine. There are many, many Queenslanders who are self-isolating now. Many of them might not want to self-isolate at home,” he said.
“There are a wide range of reasons why people are currently quarantined or isolated, and having a purpose-built facility like this will allow us to provide accommodation for some of these cohorts.”
Guests will pay $3,220 for a 14-day stay, based on $165 per night plus $65 per day for meals.
If the facility is no longer needed after 12 months, the Wagner Corporation can take over the 1000 rooms and put them for private use.
There has been speculation that the housing could be used for a proposed $175 million entertainment district in the area.
Chairman John Wagner has also previously suggested he could house workers building the southeast Queensland side of the multi-billion dollar Inland Rail project.
The Commonwealth quarantine facility at Pinkenba in Brisbane, near the airport, is due to be completed in April, Mr Miles said.