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Construction booming at South Nowra prison expansion site

Publication date: Friday, 6 April 2018

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Construction is booming at the South Coast Correctional Centre as the prison expansion works reach the halfway mark, creating investment in the Nowra region.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott was among guests who toured the site today to see the progress of the 360-bed expansion project.

An amenities building, staff carpark and number of minimum-security cell blocks have already been built, while work is progressing on the maximum-security area.

The centre has always had a strong relationship with the Shoalhaven community and the expansion has been an exciting investment. More jobs will be created and the extra wages will have a positive effect on the local economy.

The new 24,000sqm minimum-security area includes accommodation for 200 inmates, a programs building and industry building.

The expansion of the existing 690-bed facility will create around 120 jobs at the centre and is part of the NSW Government’s $3.8 billion investment into increasing capacity in the state’s prisons to meet demand.

The expansion also includes:

  • Construction of a new 160-bed maximum security wing at the rear of the centre
  • Expansion of the visits area, clinic and car park and
  • Upgrades to existing staff and inmate accommodation facilities, including a new staff amenities building and administration block.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the new facilities would boost its commitment to deliver a more efficient and rehabilitation-focused prison system.

“This expansion includes the establishment of a High Intensity Program Unit, which will target at-risk inmates with the latest behaviour change programs and strategies,” Mr Severin said.

Since construction work began on the site in May last year, almost 200 construction workers have been busy completing earthworks, erecting more than 2km of security fencing, and building accommodation blocks.

The South Coast Correctional Centre opened in 2010 and is a male maximum, medium and minimum security facility. It employs around 200 local staff.