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    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Re-Commissioning of Borallon set for April 2016

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    Re-Commissioning of Borallon set for April 2016

    The re-commissioning of the earning and learning prison at Borallon is set for opening from April this year Minister for Corrective Services Bill Byrne said today.

    In July 2015, the Queensland Government announced the commencement of re-commissioning work to re-open the Borallon Training and Correctional Centre, which was closed in 2012.

    “The Government is committed to the earning and learning philosophy of this prison for young males who are committed to the unique education, training and employment opportunities that Borallon will offer,” Mr Byrne said.

    “However, the re-commissioning of Borallon also needs to have prisoner safety as a priority.

    “After an expert audit of the safety of the prison infrastructure, the Government has decided to undertake a staged re-commissioning of the cells at Borallon.

    “Prisoner cells will be gradually opened as capital works are completed to improve the safety of secure cells at Borallon,” he said.

    Borallon comprises different generations and types of cells, including 95 residential cells, 153 cells with earlier safer cell design and 244 cells comprising older cell infrastructure.

    “Starting in April 2016, suitable prisoners will be received into the 95 residential cells,” Mr Byrne said.

    “This will be followed by the gradual commissioning of the 153 secure cells of earlier design, which will be modified to the latest safer cell design.

    “It is anticipated this unit will be opened from May 2016.

    “The 244 cells, which have the oldest prison cell infrastructure type in Queensland, require significant modification.

    “This accommodation will be on hold until it is feasible to undertake capital works on this infrastructure,” he said.

    State Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said the re-commissioning of Borallon will create jobs.

    “This first stage of re-commissioning will create jobs and this is exactly what the Palaszczuk Government is about,” Ms Howard said.

    State Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said the announcement today was great for Ipswich and Somerset Region.

    “As we see the staged opening of Borallon unfold we will also see an increase in the services required to support a centre such as Borallon which will build on our local economy,” Mr Madden said.

    Mr Byrne emphasised that Queensland Corrective Services would work with the Together Union to address any staffing implications as a result of the staged commissioning.

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