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Bathurst prison expansion is right on track

Published date: Thursday 10 January 2019

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The expansion of Bathurst Correctional Centre is on track with more jobs for locals and a new kitchen and laundry industries ready for operation in the coming weeks.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the 220-bed expansion was on track, with the delivery of 80 modular cells in November, and the first stage of construction almost ready for handover.

“This project is taking shape with impressive speed, with minimum-security inmates expected to begin working in the industries buildings within weeks,” Mr Toole said.

“We’ve also taken delivery of 80 modular cells in November, with another 80 expected to be delivered in May.

“It’s terrific to see this expansion take shape. Bathurst Correctional Centre has a proud history of employment in this region and this expansion will create 65 new jobs, which will have a positive flow-on effect for the local economy and community safety.”

The expansion of the existing 650-bed facility 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:

  • bulk store and grounds maintenance buildings
  • new master control room, visits, health services, education and administrationbuildings, including the gatehouse and reception areas
  • staff and visitor parking
  • new perimeter road, fencing and entry road modifications

Construction work began on the site in July last year and since then up to 150 subcontractors have been working daily to ensure the first stage of the project is ready for handover this month. 

Workers have also been busy pouring concrete slabs, erecting perimeter fencing and installing modular cells, which will be fitted with furniture manufactured by inmates employed by Corrective Services Industries. 

Bathurst Correctional Centre currently employs more than 200 staff including custodial officers, industry overseers, Services and Program staff and psychologists. 

Industries at the centre include textiles, technology assembly, buy-up packaging, laundry and food services.