Funding to begin planning for a new prison outside of Broome, Western Australia, has been announced.
The Western Australian Government will provide $1.4 million to begin planning the new prison, with the location yet to be determined.
The State Government aims to ensure the prison will be in line with best practice and include cultural support, as well as rehabilitative and educational opportunities.
Broome prison has fallen into a state of disrepair, with $2.7 million spent to fix prisoner accommodation, and infrastructure.
WA Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan said there has been a considerable amount of work to bring the current prison up to an acceptable standard.
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“The $1.4 million in this year’s Budget will go towards planning a modern facility with the kind of rehabilitative measures that are on offer at West Kimberley Regional Prison and the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison,” Logan said.
“This new facility will be outside the town and will strengthen the current good relationship with elders and community organisations to use culture and healing for the rehabilitation of prisoners.”
WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt said the closing of the current Broome prison and the State Government’s commitment to build a new prison offers huge opportunities for the local community.
“The State Government’s plans to build the new prison on Yawuru country, in partnership with Yawuru and the wider Aboriginal community of the West Kimberley, will follow global best practice in restorative justice and rehabilitation,” Wyatt said.
Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer said the WA Government’s commitment to work with Aboriginal people to design and build the new prison will be innovative and visionary.
“Our aim is to build a world-class modern prison facility but more importantly to build a way of working that aims to build capacity, educate and gives hope so that people can have good lives and not end up in prison,” Farrer said.