Potential sites in both the North and North-West are being considered for the state’s new prison.
Construction of the 270-bed Northern Prison is expected to get underway next year with the state government currently scouting for a location.
Earlier this year, it was suggested the prison would be built closer to Launceston.
But Corrections Minister Elise Archer revealed in budget estimates on Wednesday that locations beyond the region were being considered.
“We are working with local government areas in the North and North-West,” she said.
“We need to not only ensure services [are available], but we need to consider staffing, consider transport and other issues.
“There are a whole range of issues, which is why time needs to be spent on the siting process.”
The government is seeking a minimum of 13 hectares of cleared land.
But independent McIntyre MLC Tania Rattray suggested a larger site could be purchased and a prison farm could be developed as part of the complex.
Tasmania’s former prison farm at New Norfolk was closed in 2012.
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“Oh gosh, we are still in the siting stage,” Ms Archer responded.
“But I wouldn’t like to rule anything out.”
The prison development has attracted attention from a number of Northern councils, including the Meander Valley Council.
But the final location is not expected to be announced until early next year.
Risdon Prison is the state’s only prison and of those in currently in custody, 46 per cent are from the North.