Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Security upgrade at Broome Prison adds to community safety

    17/04/2008 12:00 AM

    Broome Regional Prison has received a major boost to security with the completion of a new perimeter fence.


    Announcing the works today, Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk said the fence was part of an $11.2million upgrade to the prison, designed to greatly improve security, deliver rehabilitation and education programs and improve conditions for staff and general living standards.


    Ms Quirk said the completion of the new fence also meant added safety for the Broome community.


    “The fence is designed to deter opportunistic escapes,” she said.


    “Broome Prison is one of the oldest in the State and the fence around the minimum-security section did not reflect the standards on which we now insist in terms of a more secure perimeter.”


    The new fence, about 400m long, is six metres high and surrounds the entire prison.


    Other building works inside the prison are expected to be completed mid-year.


    “Although we are building a new prison for the West Kimberley in Derby, once that is operating, Broome Prison will continue to be used as a town-based work camp and remand facility and needs to be up to the mark,” the Minister said.


    The $11.2million upgrade includes:

    ·         a new perimeter fence;

    ·         a new education and programs area;

    ·         a new health centre;

    ·         upgrade of the male maximum security area;

    ·         upgrade of the women’s area; and

    ·         additional staff amenities.


    “Anyone who has lived in a home while renovating it knows how difficult the process can be,” Ms Quirk said.


    “Add to that the continued responsibility of maintaining a secure environment and I commend the prison staff for the excellent job they have done.”


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