Local jobs and apprentices for QLD

John Holland has been awarded the first stage of a new 1,000 bed male correctional facility in Queensland, creating local jobs and offering a foot in the door to the industry for more than 150 apprentices, trainees and early-career graduates.

The new $653 million expansion of Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct in Gatton is a Queensland Government project designed to enhance the Queensland correctional system, improve safety for correctional officers and deliver economic benefits to Southern Queensland.

John Holland CEO Joe Barr said the project would draw upon industry-leading health and rehabilitation models the company delivered in its recent construction of the Clarence Correctional Centre in NSW and Ravenhall Correctional Centre in Victoria.

The centre will include mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities.

“We are proud to be involved in this important infrastructure project in Queensland, to improve safety and enhance the opportunities for rehabilitation in the correctional system,” Mr Barr said.

“It is anticipated that during construction, our team will employ up to 1,000 workers at different stages during construction and provide important training opportunities for up to 120 apprentices and more than 50 trainees including graduates and undergraduates.

“Creating opportunities for young people to start a career in the construction industry is something we are very passionate about.”

Executive General Manager – Building, David Lehmann said the project would deliver economic benefits to the region.

“Sustaining local jobs is important to us, which is why we will be supporting local businesses throughout the entire procurement process which will ultimately see the award of over 120 trade packages across the life of the project” Mr Lehmann said.

The project is planned for completion in 2023.