PARKLEA CORRECTIONAL CENTRE EXPANSION ON TRACK
Written on the 29 May 2017 by Kevin Conolly
Member for Riverstone, Mr Kevin Conolly MP accompanied Minister for Corrections David Elliott to plant a native tree at the newly expanded Parklea Correctional Centre, marking the first major milestone of the centre's expansion.
The prison located in Mr Conolly's electorate of Riverstone in Sydney's north-west will include an additional 150 minimum-security and 500-maximum security beds to help cater for the rising prison population. The expansion is projected to create around 250 jobs during construction and 160 new jobs when operational.
Minister for Corrections David Elliott said the roofs of all accommodation and support buildings of the minimum-security facility have been completed ahead of today's ceremony.
"There are now around 13,000 inmates in correctional centres across the state and the recent unprecedented rise in numbers is creating operational challenges, particularly in metropolitan Sydney," Mr Elliott said. "The expansion at Parklea will help alleviate these pressures and make operations more efficient."
This minimum-security facility is expected to be completed by the end of the year, while the 500-bed maximum-security facility is due for completion in 2019.
Commissioner Peter Severin said the expansion is part of the NSW Government's $3.8 billion investment in increasing prison capacity across the state.
Update on the minimum-security facility:
All five buildings (accommodation, visits and support buildings) have external precast walls, floors and roofs complete;
Update on the maximum-security facility:
Author: Kevin Conolly
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