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​Have your say on new Gr​​afton prison

Issued: Saturday,​ 13 August 2016

Minister for Corrections David Elliott today invited the community to have a say on plans for the first stage of the new Grafton Correctional Centre.

An Environmental Impact Statement will be on exhibition for a 30-day period until 12 September 2016 and a range of community consultation activities are planned to enable the community to access information and provide feedback.

“This project will deliver hundreds of jobs to the region during and after construction and will create long-term economic opportunities locally,” Mr Elliott said.

“This is a long-term investment in the region, and will provide opportunities for local business to register as potential suppliers and contractors.

“We invite members of the local community to come and learn more about the proposal. Community information sessions will be held in the Grafton town centre where people will be able to drop by and ask questions of the project team.”

The new complex will house 1,000 male and 300 female maximum-security inmates as well as 400 minimum-security male inmates.

It will feature state-of-the-art security and surveillance as well as advanced rehabilitation services to help reduce the rate of reoffending.

The facility is a state significant development and is expected to open in 2020 after the planning process and a two-year construction period.

To access more details about the community information sessions and to register for project updates, visit​/grafton-correctional-centre​​