The Lotus Glen Correctional Centre, located 25 kilometres south of Mareeba, accommodates high and low security prisoners and provides a remand and reception function north of Innisfail.
The centre has a total capacity of 498 (398 within the secure unit and 100 at the centre's farm).
The centre services the Cape York Region including Cairns, isolated communities and Torres Strait Islands. Its prisoner population is generally comprised of approximately 70 percent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The centre provides prisoners with meaningful work opportunities in industry and farm work areas which provides skills that can be used by the prisoners on release in the local region.
Construction started at the centre in early 2010; since then there have been significant milestones reached.
The first milestone, in November 2010, included a new perimeter fence, gatehouse, medical centre and visitor processing block. From this point on, more of the work would be occurring inside the centre fences.
The new kitchen and officer's mess was commissioned in April 2011. This commissioning included the offer of TAFE accredited training for all kitchen Trade Instructors to better facilitate prisoner learning in the new kitchen.
The next change of the centre will be the new accommodation (Secure North), which will come online by July 2011. These new units will be used to house most Lotus Glen prisoners while the older units are refurbished for the next twelve months.
An additional 24 beds at the Lotus Glen farm will also come online by August 2011, ensuring an increased capacity to low custody options for prisoners.
The centre refurbishment is due to finish around July 2012. At the end of this process, Lotus Glen will move from a capacity of 398 to approximately 700 secure beds and 100 to 125 at the farm.
Last updated: 30 August 2011