New Grafton Correctional Centre

The new Grafton Correctional Centre will be a safe and secure correctional facility servicing the northern part of NSW. It will be the primary correctional complex for all correction operations from the Queensland border in the north, Kempsey in the south-east and Tamworth in the south-east.

When complete, it will accommodate up to 1,700 beds and will deliver hundreds of jobs to the region. It will create long term economic opportunities locally through the procurement of a range of goods and services.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Stage 1 of the new Grafton Correctional Centre covering the concept proposal and early works was on public exhibition from 13 August to 19 September 2016.

A Response to Submissions report has been prepared which addresses all the submissions received. The report can be viewed here.

Planning approval for the new facility was granted by the Department of Planning and Environment on the 14 March 2017. A copy of the consent can be viewed here.

About the new Grafton Correctional Centre

The new centre will be responsible for remand, reception and placement for specified offender groups. It will feature state-of-the-art security and surveillance and will provide rehabilitation services to reduce reoffending.

It will be located on a 195-hectare site at Lavadia, approximately 12.5 kilometres south-east of Grafton, which has been purchased by the NSW Government following agreement with the former landowner.

The planning approval process for the project will take place in two stages. Stage 1 is to determine the concept proposal and early works such as bulk excavation and site stabilisation works, and Stage 2 is approval for the actual design and construction of the facility by the preferred consortium.

Earlier this year, the NSW Government called for Expressions of Interest from the private sector to design, build, operate and maintain the new centre. Following a competitive tender process, Northern Pathways Consortium were announced as the preferred bidder. The project is being delivered a Public Private Partnership (PPP) which means Northern Pathways will design, construct, operate and maintain the new facility on behalf of the NSW Government for the next 20 years. Read more here.

Construction of the new correctional complex is expected to begin in 2017 and be completed by 2020. It will be designed to operate in accordance with innovative best practice, both in providing safety and security and positive management of inmates.

Find out more
A range of information about the key issues addressed in the Environment Impact Statement is available.

A copy of the August 2016 Community Update about the project can be found here.

About the new Grafton Correctional Centre
The Planning Process
The Existing Environment
The Concept Proposal

Latest news

16 March 2017 – New Grafton Prison delivers jobs, investment
16 June - NSW Prisoner beds

1 February 2016 - Prison projects to deliver 1,650 beds
19 January 2016 - Community presentation on new Grafton correctional centre
1 December 2015 – Site selected for new Grafton prison
29 November 2015 – Modern, secure cells to house prisoners
10 November 2015 – Additional beds for prison system
18 June 2015 – New prison to strengthen Grafton

Contact us
If you have an enquiry about the project, please contact us.

Phone: (02) 8016 0100

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