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Train wreck in ACT Corrections, are we surprised we hear about it now?

By johnboy - 21 October 2008 42

The ABC brings word of a distressingly unsurprising SNAFU with the new prison:

    ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell says the company installing the system appears to have underestimated the complexity of the task.

    The delay is causing overcrowding in the ACT’s remand centres.

    Mr Corbell says the problem has been magnified because New South Wales jails have been temporarily unable to take ACT prisoners.

This of course is the facility “opened” with much fanfare while the election was running.

Are you as thrilled as I am that the mob installing the security system (Bovis Lend Lease) is manifestly out of its depth?

And of course we find out days after the election.

What’s Your opinion?


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Train wreck in ACT Corrections, are we surprised we hear about it now?
poptop 2:46 pm 21 Oct 08

It must be an infringement of the remandees human rights to be crammed into the Belconnen Remand Centre.

Perhaps The ACT Government can institute capital punishment to cull the numbers of remandees down to sustainable levels.

I’m sure Defence would take the contract.

peterh 2:05 pm 21 Oct 08

Kramer said :

If they rush the install of the security system, the first prisoners will be able to “pardon” themselves.

and take photos of themselves doing it.

Kramer 2:00 pm 21 Oct 08

If they rush the install of the security system, the first prisoners will be able to “pardon” themselves.

peterh 1:59 pm 21 Oct 08

Ari said :

LG said :

maybe the Chief Minister can pardon the first prisoner to enter the centre?

Welease Wodewick!

anyone called jon here?

I am jon, and so’s my wife.

Ari 1:54 pm 21 Oct 08

LG said :

maybe the Chief Minister can pardon the first prisoner to enter the centre?

Welease Wodewick!

tylersmayhem 1:33 pm 21 Oct 08

I was ready with my “yeah, and how much more are they going to wack on the original agreed price to build the centre”, but I was pleasantly surprised when I heard that they are actually doing the right thing and paying back 44k a day! Would have been nice if the developers of the GDE would have done the same until the actual double lanes were built. Mind you, I’m not fully versed in that side story, and it’s probably a VERY different kettle of fish.

LG 1:31 pm 21 Oct 08

you mean its not open??…

someone better sticky tape that ribbon back together..

will we get a re-opening ceremony? maybe the Chief Minister can pardon the first prisoner to enter the centre?

Granny 1:14 pm 21 Oct 08

It’s kind of made my day in a way. So amusing and familiar and comfortable it’s almost lovable.

: )

johnboy 1:04 pm 21 Oct 08

It’s a cascading pileup woody, a metaphorical pile-up.

areaman 1:04 pm 21 Oct 08

So if they’re 7 years late we get the prison for free!!!

Seriously it doesn’t seem like a major thing an they’re being compensated I’m not sure what the big deal is.

peterh 1:01 pm 21 Oct 08

considering the lengthy time that this project spent in tender response, with queries, extensions and final shortlists, i am amazed. (not really)

and considering the contract value, $ 113,302,679.10, for bovis lend lease, you would think we would have received a bit more for our money?

and here is the contract, if you want to read it – http://www.contractsregister.act.gov.au/contracts/cr.nsf/0/B5FBD08A8B0E8E4ACA2572040080D30B/$File/Contract%20Information%20-%20Public.pdf

god bless FOI!

BTW, the milestones are interesting…

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:00 pm 21 Oct 08

By the way, what words are you going to use when there is a train wreck? You’ve already wasted ‘train wreck’ and ‘distressing’ on a delay with a subcontractor in one aspect of a single civil works project. Perspective, JB, perspective.

barking toad 12:59 pm 21 Oct 08

Wonder which current or former CFMEU people were involved with the installation contract?

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:57 pm 21 Oct 08

Government has problem with contractor, contractor pays government $44K a day in penalties. What’s ‘distressing’ about that? If a project manager who understimates their milestones is ‘manifestly out of its depth’, then they all are, because they all do, public or private.

cranky 12:54 pm 21 Oct 08

CT reports that it is Chubb Security who have ballsed up, and who are paying the damages to the ACT Gov.

Bovis would be the main contractor, but would have about the same amount of clout to speed things up as the Gov. – I’m sure Chubb are in the firing line well and truly.

And nothing was known about this delay last week? Boy, are we the mushroom people or what.

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