TO REOPEN: The tender process is underway to reopen Borallon Jail.
TO REOPEN: The tender process is underway to reopen Borallon Jail.

Borallon backflip takes next step

THE push to reopen the Borallon Jail has taken another step forward, with the State Government calling for tenders to operate the facility.

A price tag is yet to be put on the cost of bringing the prison - which was closed in early 2012 - back to life, however its recommissioning is part of a $61 million State Government plan to better equip Queensland's existing correctional facilities to deal with an increase in prisoner numbers.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said Borallon would house 600 male prisoners once reopened.

"Recommissioning Borallon is an investment in Ipswich and an investment in keeping our community safe," Mr Bleijie said.

"Borallon will be a big job creator. It'll need people to staff it but it will also be a boost for local suppliers in the area.

"Borallon has always been privately run since it was first opened by the Labor Party in 1990 and we're now in the process of finding the most suitable and qualified company to run it again."

The contract to operate the jail will be for five years, with the option to extend that contract for another five years.

The tender opened Friday and will close December 16.

Borallon Jail was decommissioned more than two years ago, following the opening of the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre, north of Gatton.

The state-of-the-art jail cost $485 million to build and was earmarked to become the hub of Queensland's correctional facilities, but is likely to be a dedicated female-only jail once Borallon is established.

A spokesman from Mr Bleijie's office said an increase in population at Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre had influenced that decision.



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