Minister indicates Fulham corrections centre growth

FULHAM Correctional Centre has further plans to expand its operations in its budget, according to Corrections Minister Wade Noonan.

Mr Noonan visited Fulham Correctional Centre on Wednesday to talk with operational staff about the challenges they face.

“It’s clearly a period of unprecedented growth,” Mr Noonan said.

“There is not a prison that has not expanded over the last four years. That brings with it some significant challenges.

I’m determined not to be a minister who sits in Melbourne and learns about these challenges.

“I’m determined to be out here in the regions where our prisons are, talking to operational staff at the frontline about those challenges.”

Mr Noonan said Fulham Correctional Centre had made a number of changes in its practices to cope with growth.

“Clearly in the case of Fulham, they are expanding, and there are further budgeted plans to expand beyond where they are at the moment,” he said.

“It left me with a degree of confidence about the work that’s going on in the prison to keep prisoners engaged, and run that correction facility as it should be.”