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New prison a shot in the arm for Clarence Valley Economy and Jobs

Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis has welcomed today’s announcement of a new 600-bed prison to be built in Grafton, stimulating the local economy and creating hundreds of jobs.

Troy Grant and Minister for Corrections David Elliott, will be a shot in the arm for the Clarence Valley.

“This is terrific news for Grafton because it will provide jobs throughout the construction phase, a sustained workforce into the future and will help to underpin the economy of the Clarence Valley,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Corrections has long been an important part of the economic and social fabric of our region and I’m thrilled the NSW Government has taken this major step forward to strengthen its role’’.

“I also want to thank the community for its support and commitment to this crucial industry for our region,” Mr Gulaptis said.

Mr Grant said the prison, to be built as a public-private partnership by 2019 and included in next week’s State Budget, will be ideally placed to meet demand for greater corrective services capacity in northern NSW.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to investing in the Grafton region which has been part of our corrections system for more than 100 years,’’ Mr Grant said.

“This modern 600-bed new facility will be built to contemporary standards, making it safe and secure for staff and inmates. Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis has fought tirelessly to secure a strong NSW Government commitment to corrections in Grafton.’’

Mr Elliott said the investment is part of a broader plan to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the NSW prison system.

“This project will allow Corrective Services NSW to safely and securely manage prisoners.”

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