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Building details

Height of the buildings
Fences
Distances
Entry to the prison - will it be in the same location as it is now?
Car parking
Landscaping
 
Height of the buildings

Some buildings will be two storey (eg some mens maximum security accommodation blocks, one of the buildings in the womens prison complex). The height of these buildings is approximately 8 metres.

Many of the buildings will be single storey (eg visitor reception, main line of buildings which includes the health centre, workshop, prisoner processing, staff dining etc). Single storey buildings will be approximately 5 metres high.

The Wilfred Lopes Centre (SMHU) building walls are generally 3 metres high and rise to 9 metres in the highest section from floor level to roof.

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Fences

Mens maximum/medium prison
There are 3 layers in the fence - the inner and outer layers are 'energised' and the middle layer is high security razor tape. The external fences will be more than 4 metres high.

Womens Prison
The womens Prison fence is a single 'energised' fence. This external fence will be more than 4 metres high.

Wilfred Lopes Centre (SMHU)
The WLC fence will be a combination of taut-wire inner fence and Colorbond outer fence with an energised component.  The outer fence will be more than 4 metres high.  

The WLC fence is designed to look more like a health facility and not like a prison. However it is still a high security perimeter fencing arrangement.

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Distances

It is approximately 50 metres from the outside fence of the WLC to the nearest boundary (near the Risdon Hill Christian Church).

It is about 200 metres from the edge of the mens medium/maximum security facility to the road at Shones Corner (the roundabout).

It is approximately 125 metres from the closest point of the fence around the mens maximum/medium security prison to Grass Tree Hill Road.

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Entry to the prison - will it be in the same location as it is now?

The access road will be in the same location but there will be some modifications. A new road will branch off the existing prison entrance road to go up to the secure mental health unit.

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Car parking

Visitors will park in a designated visitor parking area near the new visitor reception centre.

Staff will have allocated parking areas away from the public areas of the Prison.

The secure mental health unit will have its own car parks for visitors and staff.

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Landscaping

Some early planting of trees and shrubs took place in 2002 around the edge of the site. More than 10000 have now been planted.  

Seedlings have been grown by the womens prison to supplement stick plantings.

Any trees within 10 metres of the secure mental health unit facilities have been removed. Trees further than 10 metres and less then 30 metres from the unit will remain. Grasses will be used in these areas to help stabilise soil and prevent erosion.

The line of mature pine trees below the SMHU, between it and the prison, has largely been kept intact.