MAKING Queensland communities safer will be a feature of the 2014-15 State Budget announced yesterday.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Government was investing in Queensland’s future as a safe and fun place to live and visit.
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the Budget backed the Government’s commitment to tackle alcohol and drug related violence through its ‘Safe Night Out” Strategy.
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More than $31 million will be used over four years for a range of initiatives including the establishment of 15 Safe Night Out Precincts across the state, support services, awareness campaigns and a trial of Sober Safe Centres.
Mr Bleijie said prisons were used to protect the community as well as punish criminals and that the 2014-15 Budget would ensure the Government could continue to keep serious criminals off the streets and keep Queenslanders safe.
“To manage prisoner growth, $61 million will be invested into recommissioning, refurbishing and expanding existing correctional centres to deliver more than 650 new beds,” he said.
The expansion will include:
- Recommissioning the Borallon Correctional Centre (492 beds for male prisoners) and the Harold Gregg Unit at Townsville Correctional Centre (72 beds);
- expanding the Lotus Glenn Correctional Centre (72 beds) and the Numinbah Correctional Centre (30 beds for female prisoners);
- converting the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre into a women’s prison.
Mr Bleijie said $5.8 million would be spent on state-of-the-art security through prisons across the state, including motion-detection cameras and vibration sensing fences to prevent escapes and upgraded scanning systems to prevent contraband being smuggled in.
A further $3.7 million will go towards programs to help prisoners re-enter the community after serving their sentence.