About this project

The new Clarence Correctional Centre is a staged State Significant Development approved by the Minister for Planning for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the facility. The facility is located in Lavadia (approximately 12.5 kilometres south-east of Grafton) and will accommodate 1700 inmates.

Clarence Correctional Centre will feature state of the art security and surveillance and focus on rehabilitation to help reduce the rate of re-offending.

Benefits of the project include:

  • About $560 million injected into the local economy over the next 20 years
  • Long-term, local economic opportunities through the procurement of a range of goods and services
  • Up to 1100 construction jobs and 600 operational jobs created
  • Addressing the critical shortage of correctional centre beds and facilities within NSW.

GeoLINK provided the client with a multidisciplinary approach and was appointed to undertake a variety of ecological, civil engineering and environmental auditing services for the project. Our team, across all our office locations provided the following services.

  • Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the upgrade of Avenue Road
  • REF for installation of the project water main
  • Civil design of the water main
  • Spotter catching during vegetation removal for the correctional facility, substation and 15-kilometre transmission line
  • Habitat tree survey and mapping
  • REF for a high voltage substation
  • Scoping study/options assessment for locating the 15-kilometre transmission line (involved substantial biodiversity assessment in the field and liaison with TransGrid and landowners)
  • Biodiversity assessment for the 15-kilometre transmission line
  • Independent environmental audit for the construction of Stage 2
  • Significant liaison with the client and stakeholders in the final stages of the project.

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