Work progressing on Southern Remand Centre

Elise Archer,Attorney-General and Minister for Corrections

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to addressing the challenges facing the State’s correctional facilities.

Early works for the new $79 million Southern Remand Centre and Risdon Prison Complex Upgrade have now commenced.

Managing Contractor, Hansen Yuncken, is undertaking the early works which include a new perimeter wall and civil works, and are expected to be completed in June 2020.

The new Southern Remand Centre is a key component of the Government’s infrastructure investment program to improve and upgrade Tasmania’s prison facilities.

Once complete, the Southern Remand Centre will significantly increase the capacity of the prison system.

The new facility, which is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2021, will deliver better conditions for remandees and allow separation from the general prison population.

More than 130 jobs are expected to be created during construction of the facility, with 50 ongoing jobs created upon completion.

In addition to construction of the new Southern Remand Centre, the project also includes almost $10 million of works to expand and upgrade shared facilities within the Risdon Prison Complex.

The Southern Remand Centre is just one element of a comprehensive $350 million investment the Tasmanian Government is making to modernise and improve corrections facilities across Tasmania.

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