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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4946 ..

(2) Has this project been completed;

(3) What works were undertaken as part of this upgrade.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) The amount overspent on the upgrade of the PDC represents less than 1% of the total budget for the upgrade. The overspend is a result of:

latent site conditions that were not reasonably foreseeable at the time the tenders were submitted for the construction; and

additional specified security requirements for the safe and secure containment of remandees at the facility, the cost of which could not be offset by savings on items remaining in the construction scope at the time.

(2) The project has been completed.

(3) The following works were undertaken:

a full security upgrade of the existing transitional release facility (minimum security) used by Youth Justice Services, to a new PDC, with the older PDC being converted to a new Temporary Remand Centre (maximum security); and

upgrade and extension of the existing Community Unit on the PDC site to a Rehabilitation Programs Unit.

The detailed works consisted of:

supply and installation of cyber locks throughout the facility;

staff offices and lunchroom;

supply and installation of a 'Key Watcher' safe for all handcuffs and cyber keys;

construction of 30 new cells and inclusions;

construction of staff duty points;

supply and installation of infra red cameras, internal and external;

supply and installation of motion detection external lighting;

supply and installation of roof security (razor wire);

construction of interview rooms and offices for Indigenous liaison and mental health staff;

landscaping of site;

supply and installation of automatic watering system;

construction of a secure Sally Port (vehicle lock) area;

supply and installation of boom gate entry; and

construction of car parking facilities.


(Question No 1094)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

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