I have today confirmed the proposed expansion of Emu Plains Correctional Centre will not progress. I have heard community concerns about the proposed expansion and updated flood modelling provided to Justice Infrastructure shows that the flooding risk with the proposed increase in capacity could not be fully addressed at the site. Emu Plains was considered for expansion because it is a large open site within the Sydney metropolitan region and would bring more than 400 new jobs and investment to the local economy. We are continuing to look at additional sites to increase capacity in the NSW correctional system. The prisoner population is at a record level, meaning our community is safer than ever before, but this is putting pressure on the state's prisons and wider justice system. The NSW Government is investing $3.8 billion over four years to provide about 7,000 additional beds across the state to respond to NSW's increasing prisoner population.
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