Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Transport

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    Preferred respondent named for Goldfields prison

    16/10/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Assure Partners SPV to design, construct, finance and maintain new prison
    The State Government today announced Assure Partners consortium as the preferred respondent for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the new Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison (EGRP), which is set to open in 2015.
     
    The new $232million, mixed-gender facility would provide 350 beds across all security levels, replacing the existing smaller and out-dated Kalgoorlie-Boulder facility.
     
    Treasurer Troy Buswell said a rigorous evaluation process had resulted in a strong field, with the preferred respondent, Assure Partners, submitting a robust proposal that provided innovative design solutions and competitive costings.

    “It is expected that negotiations with Assure Partners, to work out the finer details, will be completed and the contract signed by the end of the year,” Mr Buswell said.
     
    “Delivering the new facility in partnership with the private sector will provide the best value for taxpayers and assist having the new facility built on budget and on time.
     
    “Once construction is completed, the Department of Corrective Services will effectively ‘move in’ to provide all operational services for the prison, while ongoing maintenance of the buildings will remain the responsibility of the contractor.”
     
    Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper said the new complex would improve the overall level of custodial services in the Goldfields region.
     
    “It will also ensure offenders can remain ‘in country’ and be close to family and other forms of support,” Mr Cowper said.
     
    “The new prison will deliver dramatic improvements in working and living conditions for both staff and prisoners, providing a replacement for the existing Goldfields prison that is in poor condition.
     
    “The facility will also bring significant economic benefits to the Goldfields region, particularly through increased local employment opportunities, both in the construction and operational phases of the project.”
     
          Fact File
    • EGRP project is 4th Public Private Partnership under procurement or at delivery stage
    • Others being Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre Car Park, Mundaring Water Treatment Plant and Midland Health Campus
    Treasurer's office - 6552 6400
    Corrective Services Minister's office - 6552 5700