Su­per-siz­ing Rocky’s prison

La­bor prom­ises new jobs and more cells at the Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre

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CAPRI­COR­NIA Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre will re­ceive 100 se­cure high-se­cu­rity prison cells on top of the 164 res­i­den­tial cells al­ready an­nounced ear­lier this year.

The $200 mil­lion ex­pan­sion will in­crease the prison’s ca­pac­ity from 410 pris­on­ers to 674, af­ter the en­vi­sioned 2020 com­ple­tion date.

An ex­tra 115 full-time jobs will be­come avail­able at the prison, open­ing up the job mar­ket for Rock­hamp­ton lo­cals.

“I am proud to be a part of a Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment that is de­liv­er­ing Queens­land jobs, and this im­por­tant and much-needed in­fra­struc­ture for Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices will con­tinue to de­liver for Cen­tral Queens­land with ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals for years to come,” Mem­ber for Mi­rani Jim Pearce said.

La­bor can­di­date Barry O’Rourke said the ex­pan­sion got the green light af­ter Queens­land Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices, Build­ing and As­set Ser­vices and the man­ag­ing con­trac­tor, CPB, ex­am­ined the build spec­i­fi­ca­tions and dis­cov­ered the ca­pac­ity could be in­creased within the $200 mil­lion bud­get.

“The in­creased beds will ease prison-ca­pac­ity pres­sure at the cen­tre and in the state, which will in turn help en­sure en­sure pris­oner and com­mu­nity safety,” Mr O’Rourke said.

The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment has al­ready pre­vi­ously pro­vided 35 Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices staff mem­bers to the Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre since 2015.

“The in­crease in ca­pac­ity avail­able at the Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre is the next step in a num­ber of ini­tia­tives the gov­ern­ment is planning, and de­liv­er­ing as we take ac­tion on ris­ing pris­oner num­bers,” Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices Min­is­ter Mark Ryan said.

The gov­ern­ment has also promised a 52-bed in­crease at the Bris­bane Women’s Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre.

❝This im­por­tant and much-needed in­fra­struc­ture for Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices will con­tinue to de­liver for Cen­tral Queens­land with ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

— Jim Pearce

PHOTO: AL­LAN REINIKKA ROK010917APRISON8

EX­PAN­SION: A $200 mil­lion ex­pan­sion will see Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre house up to 674 pris­on­ers af­ter its com­ple­tion, ex­pected to be 2020.

Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices Min­is­ter Mark Ryan with Jim Pearce, Brit­tany Lauga and Barry O’Rourke.

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