Palen Creek Correctional Centre evacuated due to approaching bushfire

EVACUATED: Palen Creek Correctional Centre.
EVACUATED: Palen Creek Correctional Centre.

QUEENSLAND Corrective Services has evacuated prisoners from the low security Palen Creek Correctional Centre today due to the effects of nearby bushfires on the Queensland and New South Wales border in the Mount Barney National Park.

A QCS statement said the decision to evacuate was made on the basis of advice from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, the Queensland Police Service and local Disaster Management Groups, due to the potential threat posed by the fires in the area.

QCS successfully relocated 133 low security male prisoners and officers at the centre, with the prisoners transferring to the Borallon Training and Correctional Centre near Ipswich, while the threat continued to be assessed.

The centre's cattle were moved to a safer area of the property with access to feed and water.

The QCS statement said a small number of officers remained at the centre to monitor the situation alongside the QFES.

It said the evacuation would be in place until the conditions improved and authorities advised QCS it was safe to return prisoners and officers to the facility.

QCS undertook the evacuation, swiftly, using QCS officers to safely transfer the prisoners to Borallon, while ensuring no drain on disaster response resources.