HEADLINE: Wackenhut Corrections' Australian Subsidiary in Negotiations to Develop Three New Immigration Detention Centres Totaling 3,000 Beds
DATELINE: PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Sept. 4
Wackenhut Corrections Corporation (NYSE: WHC) today announced its Australian company, Australasian Correctional Management Pty Limited ("ACM"), is in negotiations with the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs ("DIMA"), in relation to contingency requirements to accommodate up to 3,000 low-security unauthorized arrivals. The company currently operates six centres for the department, housing approximately 3,500 detainees.
George C. Zoley, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Wackenhut Corrections Corporation ("WCC"), said, "The company is committed to supporting DIMA in its efforts to plan for a possible and unprecedented influx of unauthorized arrivals." Temporary contingency facilities under consideration are defense facilities at Singleton in New South Wales to accommodate approximately 1,000 beds; El Alamein in South Australia to accommodate approximately 1,200 beds; and HMAS Coonawarra in the Northern Territory to accommodate approximately 900 beds. Should these temporary contingency facilities be required, it is proposed that they will be managed by ACM.
Sydney-based ACM has contracted with the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs to provide a national immigration detention and transportation service since 1997. The centres are strategically sited across the length and breadth of the continent.