The end of the Belconnen Remand Centre

johnboy 28 April 2009 9

John Hargreaves has proudly announced the closure of the Black Hole of Belconnen, aka the Belconnen Remand Centre.

    Minister for Corrections John Hargreaves MLA today announced that all prisoners from Belconnen Remand Centre (BRC) have been moved to the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). This means all ACT-based prisoners are now occupying the AMC.

    “I am delighted the archaic BRC can now be closed. The facilities’ long-standing issues of overcrowding and poor living conditions have been of concern to me since 1998 when I first encouraged the then Liberal Government to build a prison here in the ACT,” Mr Hargreaves said.

    “Prisoners from the BRC have been progressively moved without incident over the past few weeks. I am pleased to report that the majority have already commenced work placements, vocational education and training programs, as well as assessment for individual rehabilitation plans.

With BRC empty apparently the real fun is about to begin with the hard cases locked up in the NSW system coming home to test the facilities of the Hume Hilton.

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9 Responses to The end of the Belconnen Remand Centre
MrPC MrPC 8:25 am 30 Apr 09

Low rent singles accommodation?

Hey, if it meant a roof over my head for say $50 a week, I’d drop this overpriced palace that I sublet a room in for $160 a week in no time.

Just change the doors so that they are solid and can be unlocked from both sides, and beef up the electrical wiring so I can put in some small kitchen style appliances 🙂

Granny Granny 3:58 pm 28 Apr 09

This is great news!! I wish all associated with the project the best of luck and I hope your vision for a better system really does come to pass. You’ve stuck to your guns and done what you thought was right in the face of a lot of obstacles and mockery and criticism, and now you need to make it fly. This is just the beginning, so don’t forget your original vision. Keep your eyes on the prize. This is so crazy it just might work.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:50 pm 28 Apr 09

Thumper said :

Child care centre?

Colditz Childcare Centre – “Where Children Never Get Away”.

peterh peterh 12:56 pm 28 Apr 09

Thumper said :

Child care centre?

yes please. keep the cells for the little buggers. naughty room would have a whole new meaning…

ant ant 12:54 pm 28 Apr 09

Bunker for local gov’t people to go into when the Swine Flu comes for them. (So the Hargreaves Wine Cellar being co-located would be a very good move).

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:47 pm 28 Apr 09

Wine cellar for Hargreaves collection of ‘fine’ rough reds?

Student accomodation for UC?

Thumper Thumper 12:24 pm 28 Apr 09

Child care centre?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:13 pm 28 Apr 09

LlamaFrog said :

So what happens to the BRC then? I suggest a hotel.

New Legislative Assembly building?

LlamaFrog LlamaFrog 12:01 pm 28 Apr 09

So what happens to the BRC then? I suggest a hotel.

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