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Community invited to have their say on new Grafton Correctional Centre

Planning for the new Grafton Correctional Centre has reached another important milestone with the public invited to comment on the Stage Two Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis has announced. The EIS covers the design, construction and operation of the proposed centre – a state-of-the-art facility, focused on security and rehabilitation. Mr Gulaptis said community feedback is essential to the planning process for this critical infrastructure project. “This is a very significant project for our community as it will bring long term jobs and growth in addition to around $100 million in construction materials, which is anticipated to be sourced from the local area. “I strongly encourage interested members of the community to get involved and have their say”, Mr Gulaptis said. There will be two community workshops on Monday 26 June at the Grafton Community and Function Centre from 1pm to 3pm and 6pm to 8pm where you can hear about the EIS in detail and provide feedback to the project team and technical experts. You can also meet the project team at one of the following drop-in community information sessions: • Saturday 24 June, 9am to 1pm, Grafton Shopping World • Sunday 25 June, 9am to 1pm, Yamba River Markets • Thursday 6 July, 4pm to 7pm, Grafton Shopping World • Saturday 8 July, 9am to 12pm, Woolgoolga Markets The Stage Two EIS will be on exhibition until Monday 31 July. The EIS is available online at or in person at: • Clarence Valley Council, Grafton Customer Service Centre, 2 Prince Street, Grafton, 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday • Clarence Valley Council, Maclean Customer Service Centre, 50 River Street, Maclean, 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday • Grafton Library, 126-144 Pound Street, Grafton, 10am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 12 noon on Saturdays • Grafton Community Centre, 59 Duke Street, Grafton, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday • Department of Planning and Environment, Level 3, Victoria Street, Grafton, 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday Submissions should be made by 5pm Monday 31 July in writing to the Department of Planning and Environment either online at or by writing to ‘Planning Services, Department of Planning and Environment, GPO Box 39 Sydney NSW 2001’. The project is being delivered by the NSW Government in partnership with the Northern Pathways consortium in consisting of John Holland, Serco, John Laing and Macquarie Capital. To register your interest in attending one of the community workshops call 1800 449 848 or email