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​First sod turned at South Coast Correctional Centre

Friday, 12 May 2017

Almost 300 jobs will be created and millions of dollars will be injected into the Shoalhaven economy during and after construction of the South Coast Correctional Centre expansion.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott turned the first sod today to mark the beginning of construction work at the South Nowra site, which will create beds for 160 maximum and 200 minimum security inmates.

Minister Elliott said the works were part of the NSW Government’s $3.8 billion Prison Bed Capacity Program, announced in June last year, which would create an additional 7,000 beds across the state.

“The expansion of this centre will not only help ease the prisoner population challenge, but will also make a significant contribution to the local area,” the minister said.

“South Coast Correctional Centre already employs close to 200 local staff and this new announcement would see more jobs created, including 200 during construction and 90 when complete.

“The centre is dedicated to keeping the community safe and reducing reoffending through education and vocational training, and we will continue to keep this as our priority as it expands.”  

The project is expected to be completed late 2018 and will include expansions of the perimeter fence, visits area, clinic and car park.

The first stage of construction – consisting of 160 maximum security beds - is expected to be completed early 2018. 

The project will also include upgrades to existing staff and inmate accommodation facilities, as well as the construction of a new industries building.

Corrective Services Industries employs around two-thirds of the centre’s current population – more than 430 inmates – in its commercial business units or service industries. 

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the 360-bed expansion is part of CSNSW’s commitment to deliver a more efficient and rehabilitation-focused system. 

“These new beds will support our Better Prisons program to lift standards, stengthen accountability and help meet Corrective Services NSW’s target to reduce adult reoffending by five per cent," Mr Severin said.

“We are committed to improving productivity and providing greater access to employment, education and programs for inmates and this expansion project is a crucial part of that.”

The South Coast Correctional Centre, opened in 2010, is a male maximum, medium and minimum security facility with over 600 beds.