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​Elite prison training for Hunter locals

Published date: Tuesday, 10 July 2018

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Tradies, hairdressers and former police officers will soon be joining the prison officer ranks when they complete their training at the Corrective Services NSW Tomago Academy in the Hunter.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott visited the academy today to meet 27 trainees who will be valuable additions to the prison system. The Academy opened in 2016 to service the Hunter region and is able to accommodate up to 100 trainees.

“These trainees have come from all walks of life, including former tradesmen, hairdressers and police officers,” Mr Elliott said.

“The role of correctional officers can be challenging, and the Tomago Academy gives Hunter locals the opportunity to skill up without leaving their community.”

Mr Elliott also visited CIA Precast, a local business that was sub-contracted by Richard Crookes Construction to produce precast perimeter walls for the new 330-bed expansion at Cessnock Correction Centre.

The expansion is part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals’ $3.8 billion investment in prison infrastructure to increase capacity in regions like the Hunter.

“We have a strong record of delivering jobs in regional NSW and are committed to putting local business first to ensure the community reaps the economic benefits,” Mr Elliott said.

In his capacity as Minister for Veterans Affairs, Mr Elliott presented an extra $3,000 to support the revitalisation of the Seaham Knitting Circle Memorial.The memorial received a Community War Memorials Fund grant for repair works and a condition assessment.

Mr Elliott also visited the Raymond Terrace War Memorial to inspect conservation works completed with a $5,600 Community War Memorial Fund grant.

“The NSW Government is investing in local war memorials to safeguard the legacy of servicemen and women beyond the Centenary of Anzac.”