Inside the current Southern Queensland Correctional Centre at Gatton, which was opened in 2012. (File Image)
Inside the current Southern Queensland Correctional Centre at Gatton, which was opened in 2012. (File Image)

Prison stage two development to provide 900+ jobs for region

HUNDREDS of jobs will be available when the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct stage two construction starts.

Today, John Holland was announced as the contractor to build the Lockyer Valley's largest infrastructure and employment project.

The major project will support hundreds of jobs during construction, as well as permanent jobs once its finished.

Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan MP said about 940 jobs will be supported as a result of the project and there would be significant flow-on effects and opportunities for local business into the future.

It was announced last year the second stage of the prison was approved.

The new prison precinct is part of the governments $653 million investment in community safety and the future of corrective services across the state.

"The Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct stage two construction phase will support over 400 jobs, with that figure rising to 900 jobs during peak construction times," Mr Ryan said.

"Once complete the new state-of-the-art facility will create 500 permanent jobs.

"Once the centre is operating, local businesses will see the economic benefit of a 1000-bed prison with 500 officers and their families living in the region, and these benefits to will be felt for decades to come."

The development will allow for more than 1000 beds, and will increase the capacity of the prison system and is set to improve officer safety

Commissioner Peter Martin APM said the new facility was an incredible opportunity to build a modern, fit-for-purpose facility to support contemporary corrective services practice in Queensland.

"The new facility enables us to have a therapeutic approach, through end-to-end case management, that our officers will use to address offending behaviour," Mr Martin said.

"We know through international research that this approach to rehabilitation reduces crime and recidivism rates as well as supporting prisoners to address their behaviour and reintegrate back into their community once they leave our care."

The new prison is due to be completed by the end of 2023, weather permitting.



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