New Macquarie Correctional Centre, Wellington
The new Macquarie Correctional Centre opened on 15 December 2017.
With the State’s prison population growing, urgent action was required to ensure new inmates could be accommodated without compromising safety or security. A ‘rapid build’ design was developed that allowed both Macquarie and Hunter to be built within 12 months.
Macquarie and Hunter represent a new approach to the design of maximum-security prisons in Australia. Each inmate is assigned his own cubicle within an open-plan 25-bed dormitory. Correctional officers observe multiple dormitories from an upper tier, ensuring that safety and security are not compromised.
Each dormitory has its own showers, toilets, kitchenette, telephones and yard. Each cubicle features an interactive television that the inmate can use to plan their education, work assignment, rehabilitation programs and other paperwork.
Our rapid-build prisons provide a high level of structured activity, including education and training. This approach better prepares inmates for progression to minimum security and, ultimately, their return to the community.
The proposal was approved by the Secretary of the Department in 2016 following a comprehensive review of environmental factors (REF). The REF documentation can be downloaded below. For security reasons, some diagrams have been removed.
- New Macquarie Correctional Centre – ecologically sustainable development considerations (PDF , 120.2 KB)
- New Macquarie Correctional Centre – Infrastructure State Environment Planning Policy consultation letters (PDF , 453.0 KB)
- New Macquarie Correctional Centre – SIDRA Intersection results (PDF , 337.2 KB)
- New Macquarie Correctional Centre – flora and fauna species lists (PDF , 107.0 KB)
- New Macquarie Correctional Centre – flora and fauna likelihood of occurrence (PDF , 158.7 KB)
- New Macquarie Correctional Centre – Aboriginal due diligence archaeological assessment (PDF , 2.1 MB)
25 Nov 2020