The Centre for National Resilience set the gold-standard of quarantine facilities where it played a key role in keeping Territorians safe throughout the pandemic.
After almost two years and approximately 64,000 quarantine residents, the Centre for National Resilience (CNR) in Howard Springs will close at the end of June.
The facility saw almost 42,000 domestic residents undertake quarantine and isolation, while almost 22,000 residents have undertaken quarantine under the international repatriation program.
This put the Northern Territory on the national stage, not only for its use during the pandemic, but also its vital contribution during broader international humanitarian repatriations.
With the recent end of the public health emergency, and as Territorians move to living with COVID-19, dedicated isolation and quarantine facilities are no longer required.
Control of CNR will transition to the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics from July 1, where the facility will be maintained and available on standby.
The Commonwealth Government has committed $5 million for 12 months to ensure the facility can be stood up and become operational. The Territory Labor Government will also provide funding as required.
Quotes attributable to Chief Minister Natasha Fyles:
“The Territory Labor Government has always, and will always do what it needs to do to keep Territorians safe – and establishing and managing the Centre for National Resilience is the greatest example of this.
“The Centre for National Resilience helped put the Northern Territory on the national and global stage, providing care for Australians and international repatriates in the most uncertain of times under the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The closing of the facility symbolises not only the importance it played in keeping our community safe but also how far we have come transitioning from living under the pandemic to simply living with the pandemic.”
Northern Territory Government