- Control of Wandoo Reintegration Facility now back in public hands of the Department of Justice
- First time a privatised asset has been returned to public control
- Facility on track to become WA's first female drug treatment prison
- Handover marks another McGowan Labor Government election commitment
For the first time in Western Australia, a State Government department has taken back control of a privatised State asset in a move that will bring significant benefits in the State's fight against the scourge of drug addiction.
The Wandoo Reintegration Facility has today been brought under the auspices of the Department of Justice, after being managed by Serco for the last five years.
The facility will be transformed over the coming months into an alcohol and other drug treatment prison for up to 77 female offenders.
It will be the first treatment prison of its kind in Australia and marks another significant step in the McGowan Labor Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan.
Wandoo had been the Rangeview Juvenile Remand Facility until the previous Liberal National Government, in a disastrous decision, moved the juvenile remand detainees into Banksia Hill Detention Centre and privatised the centre in 2012.
The return of the privatised asset means the Department of Justice can use its capacity, expertise and experience to bring significant benefits to the management of drug-addicted prisoners.
Resources such as drug-detecting dogs, drug-testing equipment, treatment programs, and specialised staff are already available throughout WA's prison estate.
However, there will also be dedicated clinical staff deployed at Wandoo including psychologists and nurses.
The new alcohol and other drug treatment prison is expected to be in operation by the second half of 2018.
There will be no prisoners at Wandoo during the transition.
Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan:
"Today marks a significant shift in the way public assets are run and operated by the State Government.
"The transformation of Wandoo into a dedicated alcohol and other drug treatment prison, run by the Department of Justice, will show the significant benefits that can be found by returning publicly owned assets back into the control of the taxpayer.
"This is about ensuring public funds are appropriately spent and there is greater accountability for the management of a public asset.
"There will also be far greater economies of scale that means a wide range of already available resources can be deployed at the new prison as well as dedicated services.
"The new alcohol and other drug treatment prison for female offenders is the kind of facility that has been needed for a long time in Western Australia.
"We have to act smarter on trying to treat the scourge of methamphetamine that was allowed to go on for too long under the previous Liberal National Government.
"This new prison, in public hands, will help address those terrible addictions."
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