​Consultation period extended for Cessnock Correctional Centre expansion

Issued: Thursday, 28 July 2016

Corrective Services NSW has extended the consultation period for the expansion of Cessnock Correctional Centre for an additional two weeks, providing more time for the community to have their say.

The feedback will inform the final design of the project located on the existing prison site, including construction of three buildings for 1,000 prisoners, a workshop, multi-purpose fields, car parking and changes to local roads.

"We have listened to the community and that is why we have allocated more time for feedback," a Corrective Services spokesperson said.

"It is very important that the community has enough time to have their say on the design of this extension."

CSNSW representatives this week met with a number of local stakeholders to hear their views on the extension and will continue to work with them to find a solution which strikes the right balance.

The project will create almost 900 additional jobs in the Hunter region during and after construction.

It forms part of the Government's $3.8 billion Prison Bed Capacity Program which will deliver an additional 7,000 beds across the state, creating thousands of additional jobs and increasing community safety.

Public consultation will be open until close of business on Monday 22 August, 2016.

Feedback can be submitted via email to cessnockcorrectionalcentre@jbaurban.com.au or by calling 1800 743 436.

Community comments will be included in the Review of Environmental Factors, which will address social and economic impacts, visual amenity, traffic, environmental impact and Aboriginal heritage.