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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt
    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    $200 million Capricornia Correctional Centre expansion boost jobs, prison capacity

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    $200 million Capricornia Correctional Centre expansion boost jobs, prison capacity

    The Palaszczuk Government has brought forward approval a $200 million expansion to the Capricornia Correctional Centre to ease prison overcrowding and generate much needed jobs in central Queensland.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Cabinet meeting in Rockhampton yesterday endorsed the project to provide an extra 164 cells at the centre, north of the city.

    "It will deliver over 100 jobs to the central Queensland region during construction and more than 70 ongoing jobs after it is commissioned, not to mention the indirect jobs it will generate in the region to keep the prison running, including for food and other service providers,” she said.

    "The best way to avoid prison is to obey the law.

    "We inherited a prison system from the LNP beyond its capacity. The additional cells will increase prison capacity."

    The Premier paid tribute to Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne, who championed the business case for the Centre's expansion as Corrective Services Minister last year. He worked with local Member for Mirani Jim Pearce and Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga to prioritise the project.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the government had prioritised the need for the Capricornia Correctional Centre and the $200 million allocation will ensure the region benefits from this investment in our prisons system.

    "This expansion will also deliver additional infrastructure for increased prison industries, car park expansion and upgrades to the waste water, mechanical services and electronic security systems," Mr Pitt said.

    Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan said secure correctional centre capacity was at 124% as at 30 December 2016.

    "For Corrective Services, the expansion will deliver additional accommodation that was planned when the centre was originally designed, to be built when additional capacity was needed,” Mr Ryan said.

    “Prison infrastructure is very expensive – to ensure it is safe and secure – but it is also time consuming.”

    The Capricornia Correctional Centre project has commenced planning and work on site is scheduled to commence in November 2017.

    “Corrective Services will work with the Department of Housing and Public works to investigate methods of accelerated procurement and construction to commission the new high-security residential cells as quickly as practical and deliver jobs to the region,” he said. 

    The Queensland Government is also examining other options to address critical demands in the correctional system, as well as the impact of the Queensland Parole System Review.

    “The Queensland Government is committed to providing Queenslanders with a cost-efficient and cost-effective criminal justice system that focuses on delivering safe communities throughout this State,” Mr Ryan said.

    Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said he could not be more thrilled by today’s announcement.

    “I have strongly advocated for this project for a long time,” he said.

    “In the 12 months I was the Prisons Minister I led a body of work that led to this decision.

    “It will be great for Rockhampton. It’s a major investment with direct full-time jobs after the construction phase and its benefits to the local economy will continue year on year.

    “This is important infrastructure that has been well planned and properly thought through.”

    Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said the commencement of work on the expansion in November this year was good news for jobs in the local community.

    “As the local Member, I look forward to those extra jobs and work starting on the expansion in November. It’s important to understand the flow-on jobs from this project into our community,” he said.

    Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the project would mean more opportunities, not only for construction, but for businesses to supply food and services to the expanded Capricornia Correctional Centre.