The NSW Government has committed to delivering a new prison in South West Sydney, as part of its $3.8 billion Better Prison reform program, as part of the 2016-17 State Budget. The new prison will help increase prison capacity in NSW by 7,000 beds.
The announcement of a new prison in Sydney's south west responds to the proposed closure of Long Bay Prison, which has capacity for 1,200 maximum and minimum security prisoners. While the NSW Government has yet to confirm the delivery model, it is expected that the prison will be privately financed and operated, in line with the approach taken for the Grafton prison, which reached contractual close in June 2017.
The new prison site is still being determined however in September 2018, the NSW Government announced that one option, Kembla Grange in the Illawarra, had been ruled out.
|Jun 2016||Project Announcement|
|Jun 2016||Project announced as part of NSW Government's $3.8 billion Better Prison reform program.|
|Sep 2018||The NSW Government announced that one site option, Kembla Grange in the Illawarra, had been ruled out.|