The expansion of the Bathurst Correctional Centre to increase its capacity by 220-beds is set to create an additional 92 jobs for the city.
A massive $160 million project, the construction of the new maximum-security wing is another milestone in the NSW Government’s $3.8 billion prison infrastructure plan.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole was joined by the Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections the Hon Anthony Roberts MP, Commissioner Corrective Services NSW Peter Severin and Bathurst Mayor Cr Bobby Bourke for the official opening of the facility on Thursday, September 3.
Construction started in August 2018, bringing a financial boost to the region with up to 150 sub-contractors and tradies working on site at any one time.
Mr Toole said the extra jobs created for prison staff include correctional officers, trade overseers, programs and offender services staff, psychologists and administration staff.
“The Bathurst Correctional Centre has been given state-of-the-art additions with a new inmate reception area, visiting and health services buildings, staff and visitor parking and new perimeter road and fencing,” Mr Toole said.
“One of the features includes a newly built gatehouse which has allowed the 1888 sandstone gatehouse to be decommissioned and preserved as a heritage feature.”
Mr Toole said the expansion has an inmate rehabilitation focus with a new industries area and education building.
“Having inmates engaged in work opportunities, programs and education inside prison increases their chances of successful rehabilitation,” Mr Toole said.
“The older part of the prison is also benefitting from a $200,000 CCTV upgrade from analogue to digital, as part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus package.”
Minister Roberts said the official opening was the culmination of years of planning and included a tour of the new maximum-security wing.
“When it comes to correctional centres, this expansion at Bathurst certainly sets a benchmark,” he said.
“Not only has it given the local economy a boost during the construction phase, it will also create full-time jobs to the city which supports the NSW Government’s commitment to stimulate jobs and growth in regional NSW.”