Robert WilliamsCORRECTIVE Services says it is close to appointing a senior manager who will be responsible for reforming Tasmania Prison Service.
Creating the $200,000 position was a key recommendation of the Palmer report, tabled in Parliament on June 15, which exposed serious flaws in the state’s prison system which would lead to “serious riot and disorder”.
The position was advertised on September 17. In November, two prison officers were taken hostage at Risdon Prison in the latest of a string of serious incidents to plague the prison in recent years.
Corrections director Robert Williams said the department had a preferred candidate for the change manager position, but some pre-employment matters had to be finalised before an announcement could be made.
“A number of very strong candidates were interviewed on December 13 from both overseas and within Australia,” Mr Williams said. “The department is keen to finalise this matter as soon as possible, however, as the field of candidates includes people from overseas, some of the pre-employment processes take longer than if candidates were from Australia only.
“The most important issue here is to ensure that a high calibre person is chosen for this important role.”
The successful candidate is expected to be named early next year.
The sale of Hayes Prison Farm is another of the report’s recommendations. In June, Corrections Minister Nick McKim announced the low security premises, valued at up to $2.5 million would be sold.
Mr Williams said a commercial sale process was under way and more details would be announced “when appropriate”.
“The eventual sale of Hayes Prison Farm is still some time away,” Mr Williams said yesterday.
Part of the money generated from the sale will be used to fund improvements to Risdon Prison.
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