Publication date: Friday, 5 August 2016
The Minister for Corrections and the Deputy Premier announced today that Australia's first high security, rapid-build prison will be built in Wellington in the central west of NSW.
Minister Elliott and Deputy Premier Grant visited Wellington today with the Commissioner of Corrective Services, Peter Severin, as the first sod was turned on the site at Wellington Correctional Centre.
The facility is part of the NSW Government's $3.8 billion plan to cater safely for the rising prisoner population in NSW, and better manage and reform inmates.
The prison will be a dormitory-style facility. Each dormitory includes a library and a computer room. Inmates will be engaged in activities for up to 12 hours a day, including programs to reduce reoffending, education and industries.
Commissioner Severin said that the design allows correctional officers to have good observation of prisoners at all times. The Commissioner said that officers will have access to thermal imaging cameras to help stop contraband items entering the facility, and a 24/7 Immediate Action Team to respond to incidents.
Deputy Premier Grant said that the new facility is expected to create an extra 220 jobs, more than doubling the number of staff roles at the prison, which is already the largest employer in Wellington.
It is expected that work on the rapid-build prison will be complete in mid-2017.
Image credit: Phillips Smith Conwell Architects.