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Australia’s first pop-up mobile COVID-19 testing station in Bennelong

The Weekly Times 10 June 2020

Australia’s first purpose built mobile COVID-19 testing station road-tested in Macquarie Park

Bennelong is the innovation capital of Australia. The latest innovation for locals is a brand-new concept mobile drive through COVID-19 testing station.

A coalition of organisations have come together to deliver this brand-new design and way of thinking on how COVID-19 can be tested both in Australia but also overseas.

Federal Member for Bennelong John Alexander OAM MP and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher inspected the site at Macquarie Park’s Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology’s car park.

Mr Alexander said: “This is a wonderful testament to what can be achieved in a short time when everyone is working in harmony and towards a common good cause.

“The incredibly short time it takes to set up the station, and then to pack it away makes it an ideal solution for hot spot responses and overseas. They all should be commended for this achievement.

“I shall support this venture and engage with the Government on how we can help,” Mr Alexander said.

The testing station was designed in partnership between disaster and emergency response organisation Disaster Relief Australia (formerly Rubicon Australia) and architect Professor Robert Barnstone.

It was then built via crowd funding by P&G Initiatives, a company that employs and provides training to refugees and vulnerable Australians.

Finally, local Bennelong pathology provider Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology have provided their expertise and location to conduct the testing.  

Director of P&G Initiatives Douglas Abdiel said: “The station is built from a converted shipping container and provides frontline workers with warmth, shelter, running water and other sanitation facilities while complying with social-distancing requirements.

“It can be setup or packed away inside 30 minutes. We’re proud of what our refugee and disadvantaged Australian employees have achieved.”

Other than temporary deployments to other locations, the station will be permanently located in Macquarie Park at DHM Pathology: 95 Epping Rd.