Corrections staff helping to run $2.2m private boot camp

Jarrod Bleijie
Jarrod Bleijie Tom Huntley

THE state government has supplied correctional officers to help maintain security at the Lincoln Springs 'super' boot camp, despite Beyond Billabong being paid $2.2 million to run the facility.

Two Department of Corrections staff are provided to the camp each day, to assist with security, safety and activities at the remote station, which is located about three hours outside Townsville.

The staff have been there since the camp took in its first offenders in January this year.

An industry source estimated their pay to be at least $2900 a fortnight each.

Last month, the Townsville Bulletin reported one teenage boy had to be removed from the program for failing to meet behavioural standards and a senior staff member from the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre was called to Lincoln Springs to provide 'regular professional development' for the Beyond Billabong staff.

A spokesman for the Attorney-General confirmed correctional officers were being supplied to the camp to help with security and establish protocols.

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