$654m correctional facility project to support 1000 QLD jobs

Monica Gameng   |   March 10, 2021
South Queensland Correctional Centre (cr: River 94.9fm)

More than 1,000 jobs in the Lockyer Valley in Queensland are set to be supported as works on a new correctional centre in the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct near Gatton get underway. 

The new 1,000-bed correctional facility is being delivered as part of the Queensland Government's investment in Queensland Corrective Services. 

“Our government has invested significantly in community safety in Queensland, and the further creation of approximately 500 permanent, full-time custodial and support jobs, once the centre is operational, will be a huge economic boost for the region that will be felt for years to come. 

“This new centre will be a modern, purpose-built facility with a specific focus on rehabilitation to reduce recidivism rates and keep the Queensland community safe,” Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan MP said. 

The $654 million project is expected to generate 900 jobs during its construction period. In addition, the new facility will support best corrective services practice and provide a boost in capacity in the State's correctional system. 

“A therapeutic approach to reducing recidivism will be reinforced at this new correctional centre, with specialist drug and alcohol services, health and rehabilitation services onsite. 

“It also adds over 1,000 beds to our capacity state-wide, which will significantly boost capacity,” Queensland Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Martin APM said. 

According to Lockyer Valley Mayor Tanya Milligan, the multi-million-dollar project is a big win for the region. 

“This project has the potential to change lives, bring our community together and help turn the economic tide for our region through job creation and business opportunity. 

“In 2020 business diversification was a necessity for survival and many local businesses had to look outside the box for opportunities. 

“The commencement of construction encourages the same level of innovation, to ensure the Lockyer Valley community taps into this project as much as possible and reaps the benefits,” Mayor Milligan said. 

Mayor Milligan added that the new facility will also provide significant benefits for local businesses and suppliers, and the local community welcomes the jobs that this project will deliver. 

The State Government's Queensland Corrective Services will also be employing hundreds of Queenslanders this year, Minister Ryan said. 

Source: Queensland Government – Media StatementsRiver 94.9fm 

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