Paringa Quarantine Facility
Photo: ABC News, Anita Ward https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-03-15/pacific-island-seasonal-workers-new-qurantine-facility-costs/13248330
Perimeter security system for Paringa Quarantine Facility – Secure Technologies
closure of Australia’s international borders in 2020 and 2021, resulted
in a dire shortage of seasonal overseas workers for South Australia’s
billion-dollar annual fruit and vegetable harvest. This critical
situation led the state government, through its Department of Primary
Industries, to repurpose a regional tourist resort and temporarily
convert it into a dedicated, highly secure quarantine accommodation
facility for low-risk contractors arriving under the Commonwealth
Seasonal Worker Programme, with new arrivals expected every 14 days.
the urgent requirements of industry and the importance of minimising
the risk of virus escaping into the local community, the department
contracted Sturdie Secure Technologies to design, engineer, and install
reliable and effective multi-platform integrated security technology –
all within a very tight timeframe.
Designing and installing a high-tech perimeter
security system at a converted tourist resort to maximise the integrity
of a 5,000sqm quarantine accommodation facility for overseas
agricultural workers, at Paringa in the state’s ‘fruit bowl’.
- Tight two-week deadline. The need for
suitable security solutions was urgent, as the harvest season was
looming and seasonal workers needed to be accommodated as soon as
- Regional location. Paringa is a three-hour drive
from Adelaide where most of the technical, engineering and installation
personnel live and work.
- Efficient use of resources. The
system outcome needed to minimise the number of on-site or nearby
security staff, whilst still maintaining the highest level of
monitoring, alert and response capabilities.
integration. The solution had to be highly-responsive to different
scenarios, and capable of using and integrating different monitoring
methods to facilitate rapid response to potential breaches.
The Sturdie Secure Technologies division pivoted
key in-house personnel – including design engineers, technology
specialists and service estimators – to create a bespoke solution that
could be rapidly deployed to a regional location in a time- and
We assessed the suitability of different
options, taking into account the availability of hardware, software and
tech support, the existing and proposed infrastructure on site, the
unique needs of the
project, and the ability to adjust the system
if necessary, and quickly and easily decommission it at the conclusion
of the project.
- In-house design and engineering. Having a
specialist team already in house allowed us to select, design and deploy
efficient, state-of-the-art security technologies to the Paringa
Quarantine Facility, within a very short timeframe.
- Collaborative approach. Our designers and planners worked closely with a
specialist group of stakeholders, including the Department of Primary
Industries, SA Health and SA Police, to ensure that the system we
delivered addressed the demands of each agency and not only met their
expectations, but exceeded them where possible.
- Thermal and
visual technology. The team settled on a combination of automatic
thermal detection cameras and high-resolution pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ)
cameras in conjunction with a wireless mesh network, all linked to a
central command centre.
- Integration. The highly sensitive
thermal cameras allowed for immediate notification to security personnel
of any breach of the perimeter, while the PTZ cameras offered 24-hour
remote visual monitoring capabilities. Together, they enabled security
staff to quickly assess and act on any accidental or intentional
breaches, while also preventing unnecessary responses to false triggers.
The Paringa Quarantine Facility became fully
operational in mid-March 2021, and successfully housed over 800 seasonal
workers, with the final occupants leaving in mid-June. In addition to
providing security technology infrastructure and networking, Sturdie
Secure Technologies specialists were also on hand throughout the life of
the project to offer support and advice on the system’s use.
installing a smart, high-level, integrated security platform, the
on-site staffing costs were reduced, the integrity of the facility was
maintained, the health of the community was safeguarded, and South
Australia’s vital agricultural industries could operate productively
with valuable crops once again able to be harvested.
“Our model is being looked upon interstate as best practice… The
Paringa Resort will now return to business as usual with the removal of
extra infrastructure such as security fencing taking place over the
David Basham, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development