Preferred Northern Prison site confirmed
- 01 Oct, 2019
Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections
Hundreds of local jobs are expected to be created through the construction of the $270 million Northern Regional Prison, with the preferred location confirmed today on a site two kilometres north of Westbury.
Extensive consultation with the local community will be undertaken following today’s announcement of the preferred site.
The new Northern Regional Prison is a key election commitment of the Hodgman majority Liberal Government and is part of our $350 million infrastructure program to improve and upgrade Tasmania’s prison system.
The preferred site was selected following a targeted Expression of Interest process and took into account land suitability, proximity to population centres in the north and north-west region, access to transport links and access to services such as water, gas and electricity. For a prison to be built on this site we will need to follow standard planning processes, which will include a full and thorough public consultation.
The Government is committed to an open and transparent community consultation process to alleviate any concerns raised by the local community and to explain the many positives the development of the Northern Regional Prison will bring to the region.
Community safety is our highest priority and the new facility will feature multiple high security measures to ensure the safety of staff, prisoners, visitors and the wider community. It will be the most secure prison facility in Tasmania.
As well as the hundreds of jobs involved in the construction of the prison, more than 250 people are expected to be employed permanently at the prison once it is fully operational. Businesses across north and north-west Tasmania are expected to be significant beneficiaries.
While we make no apology for being tough on serious crime, we want offenders to rehabilitate and get their lives back on track, becoming productive, law-abiding members of society who no longer pose a threat to the community.
You can find out more about this significant infrastructure project at: https://www.justice.tas.gov.au/strategic-infrastructure-projects/new-northern-prison