Queensland plans to build £340m men’s prison near Gatton
June 12, 2019 – The state government of Queensland in Australia has announced plans to construct a new men’s prison near Gatton in the Lockyer Valley of South East Queensland, with an investment of A$618.863m (£339.5m).
The new project is expected to deliver a massive economic boost to the Lockyer Valley in addition to delivering significant financial benefits to local businesses.
Scheduled for completion in 2022-23, the new men’s prison facility will deliver approximately 1,000 beds. It will help address overcrowding across the correctional system.
The new facility will be the first new prison to be built in Queensland since the opening of Southern Queensland Correction Centre stage 1 in 2012. The new project forms the second stage of the Southern Queensland Correction Centre.
Queensland Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan said that the stage 2 of the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct near Gatton will be delivered as part of the most significant budget in terms of financial commitment and resourcing in the history of Queensland Corrective Services.
Ryan noted: “This is about investing in regional jobs today and for the future. And it’s about supporting Queensland regional businesses today and growing our economy for the future.
“Importantly, it’s about delivering regional infrastructure and services for our growing state. It also means safer, less crowded, more effective prisons statewide, which will help reduce recidivism and keep our communities safer.
“Planning has commenced for a modern, evidence-based prison which will support safer communities through enhanced mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, with a focus on addressing the ice epidemic and its link to violent and property crime.”
Additionally, the project is expected to create more than 400 jobs over the three-year construction phase, and more than 500 permanent jobs once opened. It will also provide opportunities for local businesses to supply goods and services.
“This announcement is a part of the most significant reform of corrections in a generation, including the Government’s response to Taskforce Flaxton and the decision to transfer Queensland’s two privately-operated prisons to public operation in a world-first push to improve community safety and reduce recidivism,” Ryan added.