Minister tours Correctional Centre

QBuild staff gave Queensland Corrective Services Acting Assistant Commissioner Adam Black and Corrective Services Minister Nikki Boyd a tour of the new Lockyer Valley Correctional Centre on Saturday 6 April. Pictures: QLD GOV

Queensland’s newest prison is under construction in the Lockyer Valley right now and is set to receive a number of improvements in a boost for staff and community safety.

Corrective Services Minister Nikki Boyd toured the new Lockyer Valley Correctional Centre site on Saturday 6 April to inspect construction which is expected to be complete before the end of the year.

The Queensland Government has boosted investment in the facility by $25 million to improve its safety and security, implement drone detection technology and develop industry spaces to maximise the rehabilitation of prisoners and reduce the risk of reoffending.

The new investment in improved safety brings the total cost to $885 million.

$4.6 million, or 0.5per cent of the expected total project cost, has been allocated to allow for potential rises in building and supply costs over the course of construction.

Minister Boyd said any investment to boost community safety and the safety of frontline workers was a worthwhile investment.

“It’s also sensible to allow for potential cost increases in materials and labour,” she said.

“A cut-price correctional centre just isn’t an option.”

The 1536-bed-centre’s 40 buildings are now all in place with internal fit-outs underway.

More than 11km of fencing will secure the site, with 34km of razor wire and 1830 secure doors.

The centre will operate under the rehabilitation-focused model with health services and programs delivered on site.

This will give prisoners the best chance at leading a productive life when they leave.

Queensland Corrective Services Commissioner Paul Stewart APM said recruitment and training was ‘well underway’.

“This week we saw another 39 custodial officers graduate from the 10-week paid training program in a ceremony at the Gatton Shire Hall, and we have a pipeline of officers going through this training,” Commisioner Stewart said.

“More than 800 people will be needed to run the centre, including psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers, as well as education and administration officers.

“I’d encourage anyone with an interest in community safety and who want to help people change their lives, go visit our LVCC website about the opportunities on offer.”

The commissioning process is expected to commence later this year prior to accepting prisoners.

Minister Boyd said she expected to meet with project managers John Holland shortly.

“We want this facility safe and secure and ready to open as quickly as possible,” she said.

“We will not compromise on safety and security during this process, but we anticipate at this stage that prisoners will be received into the centre in late 2024 or early 2025.”