- Broome prison staff and prisoners to benefit from $2.7m program of works
- Improvements to security, facilities, accommodation and recreation facilities
- Upgrades recognise the high demand on the Broome prison for remand and sentenced prisoners
- Local contractors expected to benefit from multi-million-dollar upgrade
Broome Regional Prison will have new security measures, a much-needed reception area, enlarged recreation spaces, bedding and new women's cells as part of a $2.7 million upgrade.
Announcing the upgrade today, Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan said the Broome prison had been left in limbo for too long creating undue pressure on staff and prisoners.
Poor planning and bad decisions by the previous Liberal National Government left the prison in an unacceptable state and a cloud hanging over its future when it was announced it would be closed by December 2015.
The previous government then backtracked on that bad decision but did not make any firm plans about the prison's future, leaving it to fall into a state of disrepair.
The $2.7 million upgrade will include:
- A new secure prisoner reception area and new cells for female prisoners ($695,000);
- Extended cyclone-rated perimeter fences and new razor wire ($235,000);
- Expanded out-of-cell amenity for maximum security unit ($250,000);
- Accommodation upgrades including new bunk beds, mattresses, electrical fittings and ablutions ($665,000);
- Radio upgrades and mobile duress alarms ($150,000); and a
- New secure visitors' area ($90,000).
It is expected that up to 70 per cent of the budgeted amount will be spent with local contractors as part of the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to local jobs and local content where possible.
The works are expected to begin as soon as practical.
Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan:
"Broome prison desperately needed these upgrades to bring it up to code and to offer staff and prisoners, safety and security.
"The facility was left for far too long in a state of uncertainty, and unavoidable neglect, because of the appalling mismanagement by the previous Liberal National Government.
"The Broome prison staff did a tremendous job managing the facility with what they had and I thank them for their efforts.
"This upgrade, which comes from savings identified across the prison estate, will make a big difference in the operation of this necessary facility.
"The McGowan Labor Government is committed to reducing the levels of unacceptable indigenous incarceration across the Kimberley, but it will take time.
"Improving the dignity, safety and security of prisoners and staff at Broome Regional Prison will now be possible under this multi-million-dollar upgrade.
"I am also pleased to see that the Department of Justice has identified up to 70 per cent of the budget will be spent locally with Western Australian contractors.
"The McGowan Labor Government is always working to make sure local jobs and local content are at the heart of all government contracts where possible."
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