Update on due diligence investigations and preparation of Combined Planning Scheme Amendment and Development Application

Following the outcome of the 2021 state election, work on the due diligence required to inform the Combined Planning Scheme Amendment and Development Application (CPSA/DA) to be submitted to the Meander Valley Council in early 2022 is being progressed.

As part of the extensive due diligence work being undertaken, an additional five geo-technical core holes were drilled in late June/early July. The purpose of these investigations is to provide the Department with an understanding of the sub-surface geo-technical conditions of the land on which the proposed Northern Regional Prison would be constructed.

There is no more geotechnical drilling planned to occur on the site at this point in time. The Department considers they have collected sufficient information on the geotechnical conditions on the site to allow it to progress the submissions to the Meander Valley Council.

To support the preparation of the CPSA/DA, the Department advertised a Request for Tender (RFT) for Architectural Design Services on 21 August 2021, with submissions due 22 September 2021.

The RFT is to engage an architectural team to prepare the preliminary design drawings of the new Northern Regional Prison.

The drawings are required for the Development Application and will provide a high level understanding of the potential building areas, heights, view-lines and access.

A Request for Quote (RFQ) has also been released for the supply of concept designs and reports to deliver utility services to the Northern Regional Prison site.

The CPSA/DA submission to the Meander Valley Council will cover all aspects of the project including:

  • infrastructure services,
  • surveying of the site,
  • bushfire management,
  • lighting,
  • noise,
  • traffic  impacts,
  • statutory planning and
  • prison design.

The Department is working with the consultants that have been engaged to finalise the following reports:

  • Natural Values  Assessment;
  • Bushfire Risk Management;
  • Socio-economic Assessment;
  • Geotechnical Assessment;
  • Agricultural  Assessment;
  • Aboriginal and Historic (European) Heritage Assessment; and
  • Geoheritage  Assessment.

These assessments and reports will support the preparation of the CPSA/DA, and will be made publicly available when they are submitted to Meander Valley Council in accord with the normal statutory planning process.

Based on preliminary investigations to date, the map below indicates the area for the proposed Northern Regional Prison.

Map showing proposed location of Northern Regional Prison in Birralee Rd area

Project Overview

Tasmania currently has its main prison facilities in the south of the State.

Almost half of the current prison population is from the north or north-west region of Tasmania. Families and support networks currently have to travel longer distances to visit them in the south of the State and many are not able to do so regularly. A new prison will alleviate some pressure on these groups.

The new Northern Regional Prison will be constructed in two stages and on completion will accommodate up to 270 prisoners and remandees.  Stage one of the prison to house 140 prisoners is due to be completed in the next five years, with full completion in 10 years.

The prison will employ hundreds of people during construction and will employ around 250 people once in full operation.

The Tasmanian Government is investing $270 million into this project. The project is expected to create hundreds of jobs during construction with flow on benefits to the Tasmanian community providing opportunities for business to support its operation.

Once the facility is fully operational, the Department of Justice will support the local economy through the use of local contractors and suppliers, wherever possible.

Frequently asked questions

Go to our FAQ's page for more information about the new Northern Regional Prison.

Register for project updates

If you would like to receive updates on the project’s progress you can register for our mailing list via email to northern.prison@justice.tas.gov.au

Updated: 3rd September 2021