Australia’s largest prison, a mammoth $700 million project covering roughly 180 football fields, continues to roll out hundreds of jobs as construction work heats up.
The project expects to deliver on 1100 construction jobs through to delivery with around 600 permanent facility jobs expected to be offered once the facility is completed.
With 400 already active construction jobs, the project has seen 12 kilometres of in-ground services installed, 35 thousand cubic metres of earth moved, and around 10% of the precast cell modules set up.
The Grafton Correctional Centre (aka Clarence Correctional Centre) is located just 12.5 kilometres southeast of Grafton in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales and is expected to be completed by mid 2022.
The project is being managed by the NSW Government in partnership with John Holland, Serco, Macquarie Capital, and John Liang, who collectively offer years of expert experience in designing, building, and managing prisons across Australia.
According to the Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, the local community has been quite supportive of the project, particularly in regard to the 600 permanent post-construction jobs that the project will create.
The prison will feature advanced security systems, with biometric technology and 1650 cameras to be installed across the site to track prisoners movements 24/7.
Serco, who have been operating prisons for around 15 years, say that the multi-security level prison will offer state-of-the-art facilities with a high-tech focus on effective rehabilitation.
Minister for Corrections, David Elliot has said that the project is “an opportunity to bring corrections… into the 21st century.”
“Prisoners will be monitored by 1650 cameras across the complex, a security intelligence team and a specially trained emergency action response team. The centre will also use bio-metric technology to monitor the location of every prisoner 24/7,” said Minister Elliot.
Back in June, it was announced that McGrath Electrical and Data had secured an electrical contract with the facility to install over 120 km of security cabling.
Source: 9 News, Serco, and John Holland