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.
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.