No plans to use Borallon site as prison during G20 summit

RUMOURS: A government spokesperson has denied rumours the Borallon Correctional Centre would be used to hold G20 protesters during this year’s summit.
RUMOURS: A government spokesperson has denied rumours the Borallon Correctional Centre would be used to hold G20 protesters during this year’s summit. Sarah Harvey

THE Newman Government is yet to finalise a plan for the mothballed Borallon prison site, despite the former high security prison sitting unused for nearly two years.

Rumours the former 492-bed prison would be used to hold G20 protestors during this year's summit have been denied by the government.

A spokesperson for Acting Police and Emergency Services Minister John McVeigh said the site will not be used during the G20 summit later this year.

"Queensland Police will be using the Supreme Court Watch house in Brisbane as a prisoner processing facility, if needed, during the G20 event," the spokesperson said.

Last year, the Costello Audit of review revealed the cost of recommissioning the prison would be $250 million, and cost $30 million a year to operate.

The QT previously reported maintaining the mothballed site costs the Newman Government $500,000 a year.

Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie said the Newman Government is still considering the recommendations of the audit and Keelty review.

"We are still in the process of reviewing recommendations by the Commission of Audit and the Keelty review," he said.

"There are currently no plans to re-open Borallon Correctional Centre," he said. "The site has been maintained in accordance with legislative requirements, including the retention of water and fire services."

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said it would be an absolute waste to leave the prison unused, adding he would like to see the site used as a boot camp for young offenders.

Topics:  borallon correctional centre, g20 summit, keelty review

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