Western Australia Minister for Corrective Services Francis Logan
New Bunbury Prison Unit Addresses Overcrowded Prisons Legacy
Victor P Taffa
- McGowan Government delivers first innovative expansion build to address inherited overcrowded prisons legacy
- New $23.7 Million, 160-bed unit at Bunbury Regional Prison officially opened today
- First new build as part of $310 Million prison beds expansion funding
- Project has brought significant benefit to South-West economy and local jobs
A new 160-bed unit at Bunbury Regional Prison has been officially opened today by Minister for Corrective Services Francis Logan marking the first build under the McGowan Government’s $310 Million investment in prison overcrowding.
“This new 160-bed unit at Bunbury Regional Prison not only helps deal with the overcrowded prisons legacy, but it has provided significant employment to local people in the South-West and helped with the development of an estimated 48 apprentices.” Minister for Corrective Services Francis Logan said.
“This project was one of the first under the McGowan Government’s Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy to help increase local jobs and local content, and it has been a great success.”
New unit has involved 25 South-West contractors, provided employment to an estimated 847 local people and supported the development of an estimated 48 apprentices.
It will provide prisoners from the South-West, who are housed at other jails, with the opportunity to be closer to their family and local community to help with rehabilitative efforts.
McGowan Government is investing more than $300 Million in adding 1,228 new beds to Western Australia’s prison estate across a variety of new innovative prison units.
It is expected that by the end of this year, there will be two new 128-bed units at Casuarina Prison on existing prison grounds.
By the middle of next year, another two new 128-bed units will house Western Australia’s first alcohol and other drug treatment prison for men and a proposed mental health facility.
By early 2023, there will be another 344 maximum security beds added to Casuarina Prison, which will also provide more options for managing elderly prisoners and others with special needs.