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More than 100 new jobs for Kempsey

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey today welcomed news that the NSW Government would expand Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, providing an additional 110 jobs and boosting the local economy.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott announced more than 4,165 beds will be delivered over the next three years as part of the first tranche of projects announced in the Budget, including 400 new maximum security beds at Kempsey.

Ms Pavey said the announcement will result in an additional 110 jobs for Kempsey, including administrative jobs and highly-trained correctional officers.

“This will provide jobs throughout construction plus permanent ongoing correctional jobs, supporting our local economy,” Ms Pavey said.

“The government understands the importance of correctional centres in the regions, for boosting the number of jobs and economic opportunities.

“To cater for a rising inmate population, these 400 new beds are set to be built and are expected to be delivered in 2018.

“The extension will have a positive impact on local businesses which will benefit from increased trade.

“I’m assured that Corrective Services is committed to the recruitment of new staff within the local and surrounding regions.

The NSW Government has committed $3.8 billion over four years to add about 7,000 prisoner beds and increase the capacity of the state’s correctional system.

Corrective Services will soon complete a Review of Environmental Factors for the Kempsey extension, which will address social and economic impacts, visual amenity, traffic, environmental impact and Aboriginal heritage.

The community is encouraged to provide feedback on the proposal and these comments will be included in the REF.

Community members can provide feedback at newprisons@justice.nsw.gov.au.

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