The Future

The future of the heritage-listed Boggo Road prison is still under discussion. The surrounding area - on former prison reserve land - is being developed in $300 million urban renewal programme that includes a mix of residential apartments, commercial office space and a new cultural and retail marketplace.

Although much remains unknown, the former prison buildings will remain in place and be refurbished for mixed reuse. The original 1903 buildings - including the three cellblocks - will remain in place and still be a public asset in the portfolio of the Department of Housing and Public Works.

The latest heritage report for Boggo Road (by heritage architect Dr Ruth Woods) can be viewed here (PDF 7MB).

It is anticipated that a more inclusive, community-focussed approach to site interpretation will be adopted when Boggo Road reopens, bringing new voices and innovative new ways of telling the stories of the old prison. Several arts and heritage organisations have come together to form the Boggo Arts & Heritage Alliance and are working on an innovative management model that would see Boggo Road become a dynamic cultural hub. This includes new and unique tour and visitor experiences that would tell the stories of Boggo like never before.

Members of the Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society have been involved in running tours and other activities at the prison since 1995 and bring their own experience to the Boggo Arts and Heritage Alliance.

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