Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Preferred site identified for new Broome Regional Prison

    10/02/2022 6:30 AM
    • Site selection process for new Broome Regional Prison completed
    • Decision follows review of 29 potential sites
    • New facility to keep prisoners on Country to access cultural services 

    A new site for the future Broome Regional Prison has been identified following an extensive site selection process that examined 29 locations.


    The new location, site 29, is on Yawuru land in the Broome Road Industrial Park, approximately 10 kilometres from the town centre.


    The Department of Justice worked closely with the Yawuru native title holders to identify an optimal site on Yawuru land.


    A submission to the Shire of Broome will now be made to seek the inclusion of the proposed Broome Regional Prison site in the Local Planning Scheme.


    If endorsed for inclusion in the Scheme, the Department will work with the Yawuru people to negotiate the purchase of the land and commence the broader approvals process.


    Funding for construction of the new prison will be considered as part of the 2023-24 State Budget process with expected construction in 2027-28.


    Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston:


    "There is broad consensus that the current prison, parts of which date back to 1894, is beyond further repair and needs replacing.


    “The Kimberley region needs a new prison that can provide the kind of cultural and educational opportunities that have been shown to benefit prisoners on Country.


    "We have listened to community feedback and conducted an extensive site search that has identified what we believe to be an ideal location for this much needed facility.


    “The previously identified site, two kilometres east of 12 Mile, presented fewer planning and development challenges, but the Broome Road Industrial Park offers greater access to existing services and closer proximity to the town centre.  


    “The State Government looks forward to continue working collaboratively with the Yawuru native title holders and Shire of Broome, who have been exceptional in their support of the project.”


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