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Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct

Opening in January 2012, Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC) is the first stage of the new Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct (SQCP), located in the Lockyer Valley near Gatton.

Serco Australia Pty Ltd has been contracted to manage and operate the centre for QCS.

The centre provides secure placement accommodation for sentenced mainstream male prisoners classified as high or low security and has 104 secure and 196 residential beds.

The 680 hectare site will be developed in stages and has the potential to host several correctional facilities that could eventually accommodate up to 3500 prisoners.

Construction facts and figures

Construction of the $419.4m first stage of SQCP commenced in October 2008. 79% of the work was performed by contractors based in South-East Queensland; and involved:

  • 600-650 workers on site per day during the peak construction period
  • moving of 1.2 million cubic metres of earth in bulk earthworks
  • laying of over 500,000 concrete blocks by up to 100 bricklayers
  • pouring of 18,000 cubic metres of concrete - enough to fill 12 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • more than 50km of electrical and data cabling
  • over 100 electricians plus 50 data technicians and cablers on site at peak
  • planting of over 160,000 trees.

Environmental initiatives

SQCC has been designed to be the most environmentally sustainable correctional centre in Queensland. Green initiatives in place at the centre include:

  • energy and water consumption monitoring equipment throughout the sites to monitor and optimise usage
  • a combination of solar and gas hot water systems are available within the precinct to reduce the greenhouse emissions that result from electrical units
  • occupancy sensors and lighting control systems to non prisoner areas
  • waste water recycling, rain water collection and distribution, as well as water saving fixtures wherever possible
  • light coloured roofing and facade cladding combined with window awnings to reduce heat and sunlight penetration and minimise the load on air-conditioners
  • timed controls to mechanical systems, such as air-conditioners, to avoid the excessive cooling of rooms that are not continuously occupied
  • energy-efficient lighting
  • drought tolerant vegetation
  • irrigation provided by two 25 mega litre storm water run-off dams which were also used to supply water during construction.

Security technology and systems

Queensland Corrective Services is using leading edge security technology at SQCC as part of its suite of measures designed to keep the community safe.

Vehicles entering the prison site are subject to scanning by a human presence detection system that is able to detect the minute vibrations of heartbeats. Occupants are also required to log in and out on a biometric system.

X-ray scanning, metal and mobile phone detection are used to ensure a high level of contraband surveillance. Prisoners attending visits are processed through an automated body scanner which can detect contraband without the need for physical searches or removal of clothing.

Closed circuit television is used to monitor movements throughout the centre and to maintain an interactive response with both the perimeter and internal alarms.

Anti-pass back technology is included in the biometric identification booths installed within the gatehouse. These booths control access into and out of the centre and prevent a person from leaving unless they are registered as having entered. Biometric control of keys ensures access only by authorised personnel. Exit from the centre is blocked if keys are not returned.

An automated 300-bag prisoner property storage system with biometric control and CCTV recording is utilised to ensure security of prisoner property.

The centre's security systems have fail-safe back up including UPS and generator power in case of power failure.

Last updated: 19 December 2011