Earlier this year, the Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll and Member for Lara John Eren turned the first sod at Chisholm Road site, located next to the existing Barwon Prison. Symal is proud to announce it has been contracted to John Holland to undertake works.
CEO Nabeel Sadaka says, “I’m extremely proud of how hard our infrastructure and Wamarra teams worked to deliver an outstanding, competitive tender to John Holland and the Department of Justice.”
The project is expected to be completed in 2022. Once complete, the facility will deliver a 1,248-bed maximum security prison and comprise eight prisoner communities, each with two 78-bed accommodation units. The Corrections Minister Ben Carroll said, “We’re investing in the prison infrastructure we need to keep our community safe – Chisholm Road will not only add extra beds to the system, but it will also include the full range of services needed to support rehabilitation.”
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers have been allocated 120,000 hours of work on the project. Symal Group partner Wamarra was successful in securing subcontractor works in the construction phase.
The project is expected to deliver $172 million to the Greater Geelong region including more than 900 direct jobs and several hundred indirect jobs during the construction phase.