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Furious elderly residents of five-star gated community slam AFL for turning it into quarantine hub

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Residents of a gated community are in uproar after the announced it will use their home as a quarantine hub.

The GWS Giants, North Kangaroos and West Coast Eagles will move into the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort later this week for three weeks. 

Players, their families and team staff will live in the five-star resort while in the quarantine hub, with access to the beach, golf course and cafe. 

Elderly Sanctuary Cove locals are fuming at the AFL's impending arrival and nervous due to the league's history of breaching safety measures.

Three AFL teams will move into the Intercontinental Resort in Sanctuary Cove (pictured) for the quarantine hub this week Three AFL teams will move into the Intercontinental Resort in Sanctuary Cove (pictured) for the quarantine hub this week

Three AFL teams will move into the Intercontinental Resort in Sanctuary Cove (pictured) for the quarantine hub this week

Players will live in the five-star resort where they can access the golf course (pictured), go to the beach and visit a cafe for takeaway service within the hub Players will live in the five-star resort where they can access the golf course (pictured), go to the beach and visit a cafe for takeaway service within the hub

Players will live in the five-star resort where they can access the golf course (pictured), go to the beach and visit a cafe for takeaway service within the hub

Stewart Webster relocated from Melbourne to live in his holiday home in Sanctuary Cove in June.

He said he received a letter from management on Monday to inform him the players were moving in, without any consultation with local residents. 

'Sanctuary Cove is a closed community and the last people on Earth I'd ever trust with any protocols are the Australian Rules footballers,' Mr Webster told

The 80-year-old said residents were worried about a hub breach that could put them in danger.

'There's a lot of people who are very unhappy. It's an absolute affront given we've got elderly people living in Sanctuary Cove, it is a resort where people come, in the main, to retire,' he said.

The resort has been approved as a COVID-safe venue and has applied several safety measures around the property including social distancing markers, desk shields and sanitiser stations.

Tom Hawkins and Joel Selwood of the Geelong Cats arrive at Perth Airport on July 11 to enter their West Australian hub Tom Hawkins and Joel Selwood of the Geelong Cats arrive at Perth Airport on July 11 to enter their West Australian hub

Tom Hawkins and Joel Selwood of the Geelong Cats arrive at Perth Airport on July 11 to enter their West Australian hub

Some resort facilities will be off limits for residents while the AFL are living there inside their quarantine bubble.

All residents inside the AFL hub are tested for COVID-19 twice a week as per the league's protocols. 

'The protocols developed in conjunction with the relevant medical professionals are in place to not only protect the players but importantly the wider community,' an AFL spokesman said.

More than half of the AFL teams have been sanctioned over quarantine breaches including Sydney Swans star Elijah Taylor, who was banned for the rest of the season after he snuck his girlfriend into the hub in Joondalup Resort in Perth last week.

Despite the breaches, there has been no community transmission of coronavirus in the AFL hubs in Queensland or Western Australia. 

Sydney Swans star Elijah Taylor (pictured) was suspended for the rest of the year for sneaking his girlfriend Lekahni Pearce into the Swans Perth hub last week Sydney Swans star Elijah Taylor (pictured) was suspended for the rest of the year for sneaking his girlfriend Lekahni Pearce into the Swans Perth hub last week Lekahni Pearce (pictured) said she was sorry for the breach, which cost the Swans $50,000 Lekahni Pearce (pictured) said she was sorry for the breach, which cost the Swans $50,000

Sydney Swans star Elijah Taylor (pictured left) was suspended for the rest of the year for sneaking his girlfriend Lekahni Pearce (pictured right) into the Swans Perth hub last week