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​An additional 1,000 beds will be built at Cessnock Correctional Centre, creating some 400 new jobs.  Corrective Services NSW has been a good neighbour to the local community for many years and is determined to maintain that important relationship. Consultation has begun, and will continue during the construction of the new facilities.

The new beds will be in three facilities:

  • 320 maximum security beds;
  • 280 minimum security beds; and a  
  • 400 m​ax​imum security beds in a 'Rapid-Build Prison'.

The facilities are still being designed, and details will be released publicly when ready. The 'Rapid-Build Prison' is a new concept for Australia: a secure dormitory-style facility selected because it can be built quickly. Construction of this facility is expected to be complete by late-2017.

Overview map of the expansion​ ​​​

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Correctional Centre was completed in October 2016 by JBA Urban Planning Consultants.​

Corrective Services NSW is considering alternative permanent access to the centre, and will consult with Cessnock City Council, relevant agencies and others in the coming months.

REF and associated reports:


Cessnock Correction Centre Expansion REF Approved [2.9MB]


​​Appendix C - Traffic and Transport [830KB]

Appendix D - Geotechnical Investigation [8.3MB]

Appendix E - Geotechnical Assessment [10.1MB]

Appendix F - Preliminary Site Investigation [9.3MB]

Appendix G - Phase 2 Site Contamination Assessment [36MB]

Appendix H - Stormwater Management Plan [10.1MB]

Appendix I -  Building Services [162KB]

Appendix J - Acoustic Assessment [1.2MB]

Appendix K - Flora and Fauna Assessment [7.7MB]

Appendix L - Bushfire Protection Assessment [7.5MB]

Appendix M - Architectural Statement [3.5MB]

Appendix N - AHIMS Lot 1​ / AHIMS Lot 2 / AHIMS Lot 3 [300KB]

Appendix N - Prelim. Aboriginal Archaeological Assessment​ [4.5MB]

Appendix O - Social Impact Assessment [10.6MB]

Appendix P - Consultation summary report [227KB]

Appendix Q - EPBC Register Search [95KB]

Appendix R - Cessnock Centre and Complex Gazette [121KB]

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