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​First of the Parklea Correctional Centre expansion topped out

Issued: Friday 26 May 2017

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A bottlebrush tree planted outside the newly expanded Parklea Correctional Centre marks the first major milestone of the centre’s expansion.

The prison in Sydney’s north-west will include an additional 150 minimum-security and 500-maximum security beds to help cater for the rising prison population.

The expansion is projected to create around 250 jobs during construction and 160 new jobs when operational.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said the roofs of all accommodation and support buildings of the minimum-security facility have been completed ahead of today’s ‘topping-out’ ceremony.

“There is an urgent need to provide more beds as the number of inmates on remand has increased,” Mr Elliott said.

“There are now around 13,000 inmates in correctional centres across the state and the recent unprecedented rise in numbers is creating operational challenges, particularly in metropolitan Sydney."

“The expansion at Parklea will help alleviate these pressures and make operations more efficient.”

This minimum-security facility is expected to be completed by the end of the year, while the 500-bed maximum-security facility is due for completion in 2019.

Commissioner Peter Severin said the expansion is part of the NSW Government’s $3.8 billion investment in increasing prison capacity across the state.

“The Parklea site was selected for expansion because it’s in Sydney, where most inmates’ families live and where the major courts are,” Mr Severin said.

“It is important that inmates stay in touch with their families through visits, to improve their chances of successful reintegration and reduced reoffending when they finish their sentences.”

“These new beds at Parklea will support our Better Prisons program to lift standards, strengthen accountability and help meet the NSW Government’s goal to reduce reoffending by five per cent by 2019.”

Update on the minimum-security facility:

  • All five buildings (accommodation, visits and support buildings) have external precast walls, floors and roofs complete;
  • Perimeter fencing is more than 60 per cent complete; and
  • Road works have commenced.

Update on the maximum-security facility:

  • Civil works have begun; and
  • Internal and external fencing construction has begun.

The existing Parklea Correctional Centre houses around 1,000 inmates and employs more than 280 staff. It has been privately operated by the GEO Group Australia since October 2009.

For more information, visit newprisons.justice.nsw.gov.au