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​First sod turned on Bathurst prison expansion 

Published date:
Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Minister for Corrections David Elliott and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole have turned the first sod on a new 220-bed wing of Bathurst Correctional Centre in the state’s central west.

Inspecting the site with construction company Hansen Yucken today, Mr Elliott said the expansion was yet another milestone in the NSW Government’s $3.8 billion prison infrastructure plan.

“Expanding this centre in Bathurst will not only accommodate the increasing prison population but will also deliver modern infrastructure for the safety of prison officers and inmate rehabilitation,” Mr Elliott said.

“It also supports the NSW Government’s commitment to stimulate jobs and growth in regional NSW, ensuring every community receives its fair share.”

Site establishment works will commence late August and construction is expected to reach completion in late 2020.

“This facility will deliver further investment in the region by creating jobs and attract workers who will spend their wages on food, accommodation and other local goods and services,” Mr Toole said.

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the expansion would not only boost regional employment and economies but would create safer communities.

The expansion will see additions and alterations including:

  • 220 maximum-security beds for males;
  • New education and programs unit, visits area and industries area;
  • New reception and gatehouse buildings; and
  • New kitchen, laundry and stores.