Opening of new Vegetable Processing Facility Wed 5 September 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection The Minister for Corrections, Nick McKim, today opened a newly constructed vegetable processing facility at the Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison. Mr McKim said the facility replaces the Kilderry Vegetable Processing operation at Hayes Prison Farm, which closed earlier this week. "While the opening of this facility is something to celebrate, it also marks the closure of vegetable processing at Hayes Prison Farm," Mr McKim said. "The closure of Hayes Prison Farm has been a sad occasion for many and indeed it is appropriate for us today to recognise the rich and proud history of the farm that will, to some extent carry on here at Ron Barwick." Mr McKim said the facility at Ron Barwick offers a contemporary workspace that will ensure the high standards associated with Kilderry produce continues. "Not only is this facility a vast improvement in terms of working environment, it also allows the Tasmania Prison Service to continue with, and develop further, the employment opportunities available to inmates here at Ron Barwick," he said. "Inmates gain experience, skills and opportunities for certification in small scale processing, packing and sorting, basic food handling skills, as well as in forklift driving and factory operations. "Through the retention this facility, the Prison Service will be able to continue to provide produce to the Royal Hobart Hospital, Risdon Prison and local nursing homes. "It will continue the proud tradition of service to the community."