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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1048..

Alexander Maconochie Centre

(Question No 1537)

Mr Seselja asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 13 March 2007:

(1) What is the status of construction of the Alexander Maconochie Centre;

(2) Is construction (a) of the new prison on target and (b) proceeding according to the budget allocation for the prison;

(3) What variations have been made to the plan for the new prison since it was originally approved.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) A contract for the construction of the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) was awarded to Bovis Lend Lease on 11 October 2006.

Progress to the end of February 2007 has included the following:

    • Detailed designs and drawings continue to be developed for the security service, pre-cast concrete elements and structural steel.
    • Continued work on the in-ground services (water, stormwater, electrical conduits and sewer).
    • Floor slabs have been completed for the gatehouse, the facilities building, three of the sentenced cottages for males, one remand cottage, the women's community centre, the kitchen, the utilities area and the laundry.
    • Blockwork is underway on the gatehouse, two sentenced cottages and one of the facilities buildings.
    • A section of the secure perimeter is being prepared for the testing of the security sub-components.

(2) (a) On 16 October 2006, in announcing the letting of the contract, I advised that project completion was planned for mid-2008. That remains the case.

(b) Construction of the AMC is progressing within the allocated budget.

(3) The most significant variations to the plan of the AMC have been the reduction of the capacity of the AMC from 374 beds to 300 beds. In addition, construction of a "quiet space"and the gymnasium has been deferred. The reduction of capacity is recorded in the Hansard of the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs of 2 November 2006.

Alexander Maconochie Centre

(Question No 1538)

Mr Seselja asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 13 March 2007:

(1) What arrangements are planned to ensure the secure accommodation of prisoners at the Alexander Maconochie Centre;

(2) Will a secure fence be constructed around the perimeter of the new Centre;

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