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Prison expansion to boost jobs, economy

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today welcomed news that the NSW Government would expand Bathurst Correctional Centre, providing an additional 55 jobs and boosting the local economy.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott announced 4,165 additional beds will be delivered across NSW over the next three years, including 250 new maximum security beds at Bathurst.

Mr Toole said the announcement is expected to result in an additional 55 local jobs, including administrative jobs and highly-trained correctional officers.

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

“The NSW 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 250 new beds are set to be built and open in 2018.”

“The extension will have a positive impact on local businesses which will benefit from increased trade. I am assured that Corrective Services is committed to the recruitment of new staff within the local and surrounding regions. “Mr Toole said.

The NSW Government has committed $3.8 billion over four years to increase the capacity of the state’s correctional system.

Corrective Services is finalizing the master plan for the Bathurst extension, and will address social and economic impacts, visual amenity, traffic, environmental impact and Aboriginal heritage in a Review of Environmental Factors.

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

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