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​Kirkconnell Correctional Centre reopens

Kirkconnell Correctional Centre, between Bathurst and Lithgow, officially opened with more than 220 minimum security inmates on Thursday 30 July 2015.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott, CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin, Local Member and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole and General Manager Bill Fittler attended the recommissioning of Kirkconnell Correctional Centre.

Assistant Commissioners Kevin Corcoran, Dr Anne Marie Martin and Mark Wilson were also present along with CSNSW staff, local mayors and the Chief Executive of Juvenile Justice Valda Rusis.

The ceremony included the handing over of the ceremonial keys to the centre's General Manager Bill Fittler and unveiling of a plaque.

Since February contractors have been working alongside staff and inmates with upgrades and improvements to infrastructure including the inmate intake and reception area, security and communications systems and lighting.  

Commissioner Severin outlined the extensive work involved in bringing the facility back on line while the Minister highlighted the big boost it brings to the local economy. The Centre has opened with more than 60 employees and has the capacity to hold 260 minimum security male inmates.

Mr Severin said, at Kirkconnell, inmates will have opportunities to engage in treatment programs, education and training, and employment to assist with their transition back into the community.

After the event, Mr Fittler showed the Minister , Commissioner, and other guests through the facility.