The State Government has approved a $200 million expansion to the Capricornia Correctional Centre, outside Rockhampton, which will provide an extra 164 cells.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project would deliver more than 100 jobs to the central Queensland region during construction and more than 70 ongoing jobs after it was commissioned.
In addition to extra cells to help ease overcrowding, the expansion is set to deliver additional infrastructure for increased prison industries, car park expansion and upgrades to the waste water, mechanical services and electronic security systems.
Planning for the Capricornia Correctional Centre project has commenced and work on site is scheduled from November.
“Corrective Services will work with the Department of Housing and Public works to investigate methods of accelerated procurement and construction to commission the new high-security residential cells as quickly as practical and deliver jobs to the region,” Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan said.
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the project would mean more opportunities, not only for construction, but for businesses to supply food and services to the expanded Capricornia Correctional Centre.