Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk said the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison would be replaced before a new prison precinct was constructed in Perth.
Ms Quirk said it would be irresponsible of the Government not to plan for the future of prisons in Western Australia, and there was no suggestion that such planning took priority over custodial facilities in the Goldfields.
“The media hasn’t uncovered a new and secret plan,” she said.
“In May 2007, I answered a number of questions about the plan at estimate hearings in Parliament.
“The planning process has been going on for some time and is targeted towards 30-years and beyond.”
“There will not be a single huge prison housing several thousand inmates. The vision is for a prison precinct that will co-locate several prisons on the one site to make the most of savings due to economies of scale.
“All evidence shows that it is best for prisoners to serve their time close to their communities. That is why we are building a prison in Derby and plan to replace the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison.”
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