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​Sod turned on Cessnock prison expansion

Published date: Tuesday, 11 September 2018


Work on the Cessnock Correctional Complex’s 240-bed expansion will soon begin following a sod turning ceremony today.

The minimum-security expansion will create new jobs and drive economic growth in the Hunter, and will be complete by late 2020.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said construction of the new wing would begin later this month, and deliver about 300 jobs during construction and more than 40 jobs when finished.
“The NSW Government is committed to investing in the Hunter and this new development will continue to stimulate jobs and growth,” Mr Elliott said.

“We’ve already created hundreds of jobs in this region with the construction of the Hunter Correctional Centre, which opened in January, as well as the complex’s maximum-security expansion, which is expected to open next year.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Justice David Clarke attended the sod turning ceremony today and said the additional beds and rehabilitation programs are part of the NSW Government’s plan to improve community safety.

“The NSW Government is investing a record $330 million into programs to reduce reoffending and this new facility will have a clear focus on purposeful activity, employment and education,” Mr Clarke said.

The expansion includes five new minimum-security accommodation blocks, new gatehouse, reception, visiting area, programs building and health clinic, and additional parking for staff and visitors.

Corrective Services Acting Commissioner Rosemary Caruana said another 330-bed maximum-security expansion at the neighbouring Shortland Correctional Centre was also due to be completed next year, with around 280 jobs created during construction and 70 when finished.

“Corrective Services NSW is a friend to the regional communities like the Hunter, driving economic growth by creating jobs and keeping the community safe.”