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​​​Road access to Cessnock Correctional Complex

Directional sign reading 'Correctional Centre' in suburban Cessnock

Staff and visitors currently access the correctional complex from the south.

Cessnock City Council, local residents and other stakeholders asked Corrective Services NSW to consider a new access road for the Cessnock Correctional Complex, to reduce traffic on residential streets to the south. In early 2018, we agreed with Council to focus investigations on a route connecting to Kerlew Street, Nulkaba.

In September 2018, Council withdrew its support for a Kerlew Street route. CSNSW is committed to exploring alternative access arrangements to the complex should an appropriate option be identified.

Former Allandale Hospital site

Health NSW owns part of the former Allandale Hospital site on the complex’s eastern boundary. This land is used by the Hunter New England Local Health District and a number of community groups.

A road to Wine Country Drive through this land was evaluated alongside a number of other options in 2017. The route was excluded from further consideration because of the disruption it would cause to these organisations.

What happens now?

  • We remain open to feedback on the best way to address residents’ concerns about correctional centre traffic.
  • Construction vehicles will continue to use the temporary access point in Kerlew Street until early 2020.
  • Should you have any questions, concerns or other feedback, you can contact the New Prisons project team on 1800 875 345 or by emailing newprisons@justice.nsw.gov.au.

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