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Mid North Coast Correctional Centre upgrade

The Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections officially opened the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre upgrade on 28 November 2019.

Located at Aldavilla, on the outskirts of Kempsey, the centre first opened in 2004. It primarily holds male inmates and includes maximum-, medium- and minimum-security capacity. Construction work to add another 440 beds began in early 2018.

The expansion included:

  • four new 110-bed maximum-security accommodation blocks built using pre-fabricated modular cells
  • a new industries complex with capacity to provide employment, education and programs to inmates
  • a new satellite health clinic, segregation block and recreation areas.

As part of this project, we’ve also taken the opportunity to improve parking, visiting, reception, laundry, video link and staff facilities for the whole prison. Inmates and local volunteers are planting more than 19 hectares of new forest on the grounds, including koala feed trees.

The Mid North Coast upgrade was one of the biggest projects in the NSW Government’s Better Prisons program. The expansion brings the prison’s total capacity to 990 beds and increases its permanent workforce from 200 to more than 300 people.

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