Tours at the iconic Boggo Road Gaol will continue for a further 12 months.
Under a deal struck by the Newman Government, Brisbane’s iconic Boggo Road Gaol will remain open to the public for another year.
The Brisbane landmark was re-opened for public access last year with local historian and tour guide Jack Sim placed in charge on an interim basis.
Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander says Mr Sim had now been awarded a 12 month contract to manage the public spaces of the gaol and provide educational, cultural and commercial activities.
“In the past people were desperate to get out of Boggo Road Gaol, these days people are desperate to get in, which is a testament to the hard work Jack and his team have put in over the past year.
“Jack has a proven track record when it comes to running a popular and successful operation here at Boggo Road Gaol, and it’s impossible not to be drawn in by his passion for Queensland’s history,” Mr Mander says.
Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey says Boggo Road Gaol’s dark history made it an attractive destination for both local and international tourists.
“More than 12,000 people have come through the doors over the past year, and I’m sure Jack’s authentic tours will build on that success in the year ahead,” she says.
Mr Sim says that he is pleased that he can continue to share his love of one of Brisbane’s most treasured historical sites.
He says one of the most popular attractions is their monthly historical tour of the gaol, which is done by a former ex Boggo Road Gaol Prison Officer and a former in-mate.
“The key is to ensure the building remains relevant and accessible to all members of the community. This is just as important as protecting it for our future generations,” Mr Sim says.
He says they have plans to introduce some new events at the gaol, including a Prison Film Night and a Crime Writers Convention.