Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    Symbolic name for new women’s prison

    29/06/2016 9:00 AM
    • New remand and reintegration facility to be called 'Melaleuca'
    • Prison name to reflect the plant's resilience and healing powers 

    Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis has announced that Western Australia's new women's prison will be called the Melaleuca Remand and Reintegration Facility.


    Mr Francis said the name 'melaleuca', also known as paperbark, honey-myrtle or tea-tree, was important in its symbolism.


    "This is a plant that is highly resilient, can flourish in a wide range of challenging habitats and is recognised for its healing properties," he said.


    "Women offenders often have specific needs relating to trauma, domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness and unemployment.


    "I believe that the resilience of the melaleuca will instil a sense of hope for the future in female prisoners, and that the healing properties of the plant will reflect the culture of rehabilitation at the prison."


    Aboriginal people were consulted in choosing the facility's name, which was recommended by the Department of Corrective Services' Women's Estate Reference Committee.


    The committee was established in 2015 to provide advice on initiatives affecting the women's estate, with its members having expertise in a range of fields, including the legal profession, academia and Aboriginal organisations. 


    "Melaleuca will operate on a philosophy that focuses on the distinct needs of women newly received into prison or about to be released," the Minister said.


    "Preferred provider Sodexo will develop partnerships with Western Australian non-government organisations to provide culturally appropriate rehabilitation and reintegration services and programs at the facility.


    "The purpose is to support women to lead law-abiding lives on release to reduce the risk of reoffending."


    Fact File

    • The $23 million Melaleuca Remand and Reintegration Facility has 256 beds
    • The new facility is due to open in December 2016
    • Melaleuca will reduce pressure on Bandyup Women's Prison which is near capacity 

    Minister's office - 6552 6500


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