Return of Borallon prison to create 160 jobs from April
THE first new inmates in four years will be behind bars in Borallon from next month.
Corrective Services Minister Bill Byrne announced in Queensland Parliament on Tuesday the prison will be opened in stages and will employ about 160 people when fully opened later this year.
Mr Byrne said the prison, to be called the Borallon Training and Correctional Centre, would undergo major work on a number of dangerous cells but would see 95 new inmates in the Ipswich prison from April.
The prison was shut down in 2012.
Mr Byrne said the re-commissioned prison would be a "training prison" where all inmates would be "earning or learning".
"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," he said.
He said some of the cells still needed upgrades to meet modern standards to keep prisoners safe.
"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.
The rest of the cells will be opened in stages with the secure unit to be opened from May this year.
"The 244 cells, which have the oldest prison cell infrastructure type in Queensland, require significant modification.
Ipswich West MP 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.
- ARM NEWSDESK