New site for detainees
A NEW immigration detention centre will be established in Darwin by the middle of this year. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen announced yesterday the centre would be built at Wickham Point on Darwin Harbour. The first 500 beds are expected by midyear. It will be used instead of the previously announced contingency site at 11 Mile Antenna Farm. An existing centre at Darwin airport will also be expanded. The Scherger RAAF Base would continue to be used for 12 months.