$3 million to knock prison down



WE'RE going to spend almost $3 million to get rid of the old Rockhampton prison.

Since the new Capricornia Correctional Centre was opened in 2001 there have been many ques- tions asked about the future of its 40-year-old pre- decessor.

There have been calls for it to be used for every- thing from a youth training facility to a drug rehabilitation site.

But Police and Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence put a quick end to those thoughts yesterday: "We're not going to put kids or anyone else in a site that wasn't good enough for pris- oners.''

Treasurer Terry Mackenroth announced the buildings' demolition in Tuesday's State budget, allocating a total cost of $2.77 million.

The massive structure has hosted some of the country's most notorious prisoners, including murderer Robert Edward Black, a suspected IRA terrorist whom authorities believed was plotting to kill Prince Charles.

See more details in today's Morning Bulletin.



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